Dissent and the first world war - Conference 2017

Call for Papers - Dissent and the first world war.

Dissent and the First World War

31 August - 2 September 2017 in Wellington

The First World War divided New Zealand society in many ways. But in the current commemorative climate little attention has been paid to the perceptions and actions of those who opposed the war. Dissent may take many forms, and we hope that this conference, co-hosted by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project, will include discussion of the following themes, among others:

  • Conscription
  • Māori and dissent, e.g. Te Puea Hērangi  and KIngitanga, or Rua Kenana
  • Pre-war anti-militarism
  • Post-war dissent e.g. veterans
  • NZ Labour Party and dissent
  • War profiteering
  • Pro-German perspectives
  • Internment
  • Pacifism
  • The Irish in NZ
  • Perceptions of dissent
  • Religious dissent
  • Gender and dissent
  • Repression and persecution of dissent
  • NZ trade unions and dissent
  • Dissent within the military
  • Germans and internment
  • Censorship
  • Conscientous objection
  • Influence of the Bolshevik Revolution or Easter 1916
  • Moral campaigns
  • Divided communities, e.g. sectarianism
  • Reading against the grain to locate dissent in the archives


The deadline for proposals is 28 APRIL 2017.  These should include a title, abstract of no more than 300 words, brief bio, contact details for the presenter(s), and be submitted as a word document.

We welcome submissions from a broad range of presenters, and encourage those who might be interested in organizing a panel session, or have any further queries, to contact David Grant david.grant@xtra.co.nz

Please email proposals for papers to deborah.levy@vuw.ac.nz