Conference 2015

The Center for Civil War Research in conjunction with WAR-Net presents The University of Mississippi Conference on

Gender, Memory, and War in the Anglo-American World


Commemorating the 150th, 100th, and 75th Anniversaries of the U.S. Civil War, the First World War, and the Second World War.

Co-sponsored by the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, and the Department of English.

All panels and keynotes held in Butler Auditorium (Triplett Alumni Center).

Conference Program


Thursday, October 1

2:30-4:00 - The American Civil War Remembered
"Message to the Living: Reading the Tombs at Andersonville and Meuse-Argonne"
Susannah Bingham Buck, Drew University

"Make War on the Men - the Ladies Have Too-Long Memories"
Jacqueline Glass Campbell, Francis Marion University

"'Relief was Sought in Amusement when the Shadows of the Night Permitted’: Civil War Veterans' Recollections of Fraternizations"
Lauren Thompson, Marietta College

4:30-6:00 - Civil War Keynote:
Anne Sarah Rubin (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Susan-Mary Grant (Newcastle University)

6:15 - Reception in Bryant Hall

7:00 - Wiley-Silver Presentation (Bryant Hall)
"Practice and the Science of Medicine during the American Civil War"
Shauna Devine, Western University


Friday, October 2

8:00-9:30 - Letters of War
"'I Can Write to You When I Can Write to No One Else’: Epistolary Confessions, Female Confidants, and the Hidden Stories of the Civil War"
L. Bao Bui, University of Illinois

"Love Letters of a Rookie: Epistolary Romance in Great War America"
Andrew Huebner, University of Alabama

“‘Fore it Greeves me to the Hart’: Condolence Letters, the United States Colored Troops, and the Free Black Civil War Experience”
Kelly D. Mezurek Selby, Walsh University

10:00-11:30 - The United States, the World, and the Great War
“Gender, Nationalism, and Immigration after the First World War”
Erika Kuhlman, Idaho State University

“Anna Coleman Ladd: Facial Masks, Sculpture, and the Public Memorialization of World War I”
Kelly L. Lankford, The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

11:30-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:30 - Women’s Representations of War
“A Space from Which to Speak: Authentic Gaze in Selected Women's War Narratives from the Civil War, World War I, and War in Iraq”
Patrice K. Gray, Fitchburg State University

“Winifred Knight's The Deluge: Visualizing the Apocalyptic Legacy of the Great War”
Lyrica Taylor, Azusa Pacific University

3:00-4:30 - Questions of Wartime Identity: Masculinity and Race
“Reconstruction as Conversion: Honor, Loyalty, and Self-Invention in the Post-Civil War American South
Brian K. Fennessy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“‘I can't say there was anything heroic about it…we wanted to get into something we wanted to do’: Tensions within Temperate Masculinity in Second World War Two Britain”
Joel Morley, Queen Mary University of London

“Entertaining the Color Line: Race and American Military Entertainment in World War II”
Kara Dixon Vuic, Texas Christian University

5:00-6:30 - First World War Keynote:
Kimberly Jensen (Western Oregon University) and Michael Roper (University of Essex)


Saturday, October 3

8:00-9:30 - Women in the Wake of the Civil War
“Feminine Nationalism and the Problem of War: Julia Ward Howe and Clara Barton as Civil War Icons”
Mark Elliott, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“‘A Debt of Honor’: Slaveholding Women's Rituals of Cultural Authority”
Ashley Whitehead Luskey, West Virginia University

“Women Without Men: Unattached African American Women in Post Civil War Virginia”
Arlisha Norwood, Howard University

10:00-11:30 - Remembering Wartime Service During the Second World War
“Serving With Pride and Dignity: The Crafting of Memory and the Women's Army Corps”
Margaret Montgomery, University of Alabama

“Dealt the Queen of Diamonds: Gender, Demobilization, and Psychology in Post-World War II Culture”
Steven Blake Server, University of Chicago

“‘We had all tried to act like ladies, but we weren't getting anywhere’: The Pittsburgh Service Wives and Children Association, Their Ambush of Eisenhower, and the Aftermath”
Mike Timonin, SUNY Binghamton

11:30-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:30 - The Second World War at Home
“Following the Pied Piper: WW2 Evacuation, Memory and Constructions of Motherhood in English Children's Literature”
Jean Webb, University of Worcester

“‘We Mustn't Waste Time in Fear’: American Cinema and Patriotic Romance during World War II”
Michele Curran Cornell, Kent State University

“Telling Tales about the Blitz: Men, Women and Memories of Civil Defence in Britain”
Lucy Noakes, University of Brighton

3:00-4:30 - Responses to War in the Anglo-American World
“An Anglo-American Exchange: Gender, Memory and Peace Activism between the World Wars”
Juli Gatling Book, University of Kentucky

“Death is Our Business: Mass Violence in the British Empire, 1915-23”
Mark Doyle, Middle Tennessee State University

“Stranglings, Sex, and Security: The Leonski Murders in WWII Melbourne, Australia”
Claire Phelan, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

5:00-6:30 - Second World War Keynote:
Leisa Meyer (William and Mary) and Gill Plain (University of St. Andrews)




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