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Occupations in the Age of Total War: Micro Perspectives and Transnational Research

June 22, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society (Kent); Department of History (Ghent), Universities of Kent and Ghent

Keynes College, KLT 5
University Road
Canterbury CT2 7NX
United Kingdom

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This conference showcases new and ongoing research on military occupations, their socio-cultural contexts and post-war reverberations. Focusing on European societies in the age of the two world wars, the conference will cover a wide range of topics and approaches. We will explore how case studies that foreground individual agency and everyday experiences can enhance transnational research and vice versa. Thus the aim is to bridge the gap between micro and macro perspectives, and between local/regional and global/transnational approaches to the history of both World Wars.

The conference is divided in four thematic sessions: 1/ Elites and Governance, 2/ Spaces, 3/ Social Groups and Dynamics and 4/ Experiences and Memories. A keynote speech by Professor Sophie De Schaepdrijver (Penn State University; currently University of Kent) will open the proceedings. In the evening of 22 June, Dr Nico Wouters (CegeSoma and Ghent University) will launch his new book, Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation: Belgium, the Netherlands and the North of France, 1938-46, followed by a panel discussion.

The conference is organised jointly by the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society (University of Kent) and the Department of History (Ghent University), in cooperation with CegeSoma (Brussels) and NIOD (Amsterdam). For more information, please contact Dr Stefan Goebel ( or Dr Nico Wouters (

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