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AfterWars Seminar

As part op1180658f the Center’s contribution to the humanities initiative and the wider academic community on campus, the Center hosts the AfterWars research seminar and workshop. This unique workshop, which is funded by the UT Humanities Center, regularly brings together scholars, including professors, lecturers, and graduate students, from throughout the humanities to discuss topics related to how the aftermath of war has been shaped at different times and in different places in the distant and more recent past. Here is a list of previous AfterWars events:


February 25: Kaitlin Simpson, UT History PhD student, “Appalachia Abroad: The University of Tennessee and Rural Development Programs in Post-War India.”

February 9: Dr. Kyle Falcon, Western University, London Ontario, Canada, “Living with the Ghosts of War: British Spiritualism, Psychical Research and the Great War.”


November 12: Dr. John Lennard Friend, UT Classics Dept., “The Athenian Ephebeia: A unique solution to a unique problem.”

November 5: Dr. Brandon Winford, UT History Dept., “Preserving the Ideals of American Democracy: Black Business Activism in the Postwar New South. 1942-1960.”

March 5: Dr. Aaron Astor, Maryville College, “Electing Civil War: The Transformation of Constitutional Democracy in the Long Election of 1860.”

February 27: Dr. Timothy Lomperis, Professor Emeritus – Saint Louis University, “The ‘First’ Surge: the repulse of the Easter Invasion in South Vietnam,1972–implications for Iraq and Afghanistan.”

January 23: Rachel Thompson, Marshall historian at The George C. Marshall International Center,  “‘The World Hangs in the Balance'”: General George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Program.”


March 25: Professor Vejas Liulevicius, UT History Dept., “Wandering Between Many Worlds: Hans Staden, German Mercenary and Captive in 1550s Brazil.”

April 8: Dr. Joe Stoltz III, Mount Vernon, “The War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans.”

April 26: Ryan Gesme, UT History Dept., “Are We Only German? H.P. Hanssen and H.V. Clausen’s Preservation of the Danish Schleswigers, 1864-1920.”

December 5: Professor Emily Baran, Middle Tennessee State University, “Knocking on the USSR’s Door: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Religious Dissent, and the Cold War.”


January 23: Professor Christopher Magra, UT History Dept., “The Seven Years’ War, Military Security, and Food Production.”

January 25: Professor Shellen Wu, UT History Dept., “Globalizing Turner: The Significance of the Frontier in Twentieth Century China.”

February 15: Lydia Walker, UT History Dept., “Saints, Wives, and Prostitutes: The Role of Women in Thirteenth-Century Crusade Propaganda.”

February 27: Book Discussion of Julija Sukys’ Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning.

April 5: Eric Muirhead, UT History Dept., “The Black Baron at Villers-Bocage: Michael Wittmann and the Characteristics of the Offense.”

May 3: Professor Eric Roubinek, University of Carolina, Asheville, “From a Nazi Imperialism to a Fascist Imperialism: Constructing a Transnational Nationalism in the Colonial Press of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.”

October 16: Dr. Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky, “The Impact of War on the French Revolution.”

November 27: Dr. Kathryn Julian, Maryville College, “Refugees and Catholic Relief Efforts in Postwar German Borderlands.”


January 27: Prof. Don Hickey, Wayne State College, Nebraska, “Forgotten Conflict: Why Historians Should Pay Attention to the War of 1812.”

January 31: Josh Jeffery, Doctoral Student in U.S. History, “Losing My Religion: The Effect of World War I on the Theology of the Stone-Campbell Movement.”

February 6: Robert Rennie, Doctoral Student in European History, “Privileged Killers: The Role of Violence in First World War German Aviation.”

February 23: Dr. Chad Williams, Brandeis University, “Torchbearers of Democracy: The History and Legacy of African American Soldiers in World War I.”

February 27: Max Matherne, Doctoral Student in U.S. History, “‘Political Warfare’ in the Early Republic: War Memory and the Military Idiom of Jacksonian Democracy.”

March 7: Andrew Cohen, Syracuse University, “Contraband: Smuggling, Nationalism, and the U.S. Civil War.”

March 27: James Hudson, “WW II in China: Important Questions and Debates.”

April 18: Book Discussion of Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging with Eliza Echeverry.

October 18: Josh Sander, Doctoral Candidate in European History, UT History, “Education and Germanic Identity in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands.”

October 25: Brad Phillis, Doctoral Candidate in Medieval History, UT History and MARCO, “Someone Else’s Story: Cooperation, Codices, and the Crusades in Twelfth-Century Flanders.”

November 3: Prof. Patrick Zander, Assoc. Prof. of History, Georgia Gwinnett College, “Continuing the Fight After Defeat:  Resistance to Nazi and Fascist Occupation in Europe, 1939-1945.”

November 20: J. Tomlin, Doctoral Candidate in U.S. History, UT History, “No Popery, No Tyranny: Sectarianism and Political Violence in Colonial America.”


January 14: Dr. Thomas Lecaque, Lecturer, Department of History, “Marching to Apocalypse: The Provencal First Crusade, the Cult of the Holy Lance, and Apocalyptic Anxiety during the Siege of Jerusalem in 1099.”

March 8: Professor Dovile Budryte, Georgia Gwinnett College, “Gendered Aspects of Irregular Wars and Related Memories.”

March 23: Professor Alison Vacca, Department of History, leads discussion of research implications of Michael Bonner’s Jihad in Islamic History.

April 25: Professor Martin Griffin, Department of English, “Easter 1916 – Poetry, Rebellion, and Conformity in Irish Memory.”

September 12: Dr. Andrew White, Director of the UT Aerospace and Defense Business Institute, Haslam College of Business, “Reflections on 9/11: Wartime Military-Media Relations in the Information Age.”

November 28: Professor George Liber, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954.”


March 24: Dr. Sidney Lu, Assistant Professor of History, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, “Colonizing Hokkaido and the Origin of Japanese Colonial Expansion and Trans-Pacific migration, 1869-1894.”

March 30: Carol Lilly, Professor of History and Director of International Studies, University of Nebraska Kearney, “What Did They Die For?: Grave Markers from the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1991-1995.”

November 12: Dr. Michael McConnell, Lecturer, Department of History, “‘Bandit Country’: Nazi Security Violence between East and West, 1939-1945.”


January 23: Dr. Wayne E. Lee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gave a talk entitled “Speaking through Skulls: Death and Its Meanings for Eighteenth-Century Soldiers.” Prior to the talk Dr. Lee also led a discussion of his recent historiographical essay, “Mind and Matter—Cultural Analysis in American Military History: A Look at the State of the Field.”

March 14: The workshop participants discussed Dr. Margaret Andersen’s (of the UT History Department) work in progress. Prior to the discussion, Dr. Douja Mamelouk, a Professor of French and Arabic in UT Modern Foreign Languages, offered her commentary on Dr. Andersen’s essay, “The Office de la Famille Française: Familialism and the National Revolution in 1940s Morocco.”


January 24: Dr. Liulevicius, the Lindsey Young Professor of History in the UT Department of History and the Director of CSWS, gave a presentation of a work in project. The talk was entitled “Post-1945 Guerilla Warfare in Eastern Europe: The Baltic Forest War, 1945-1965.”

February 17: Dr. Karen Petrone of the University of Kentucky gave a talk entitled, “Spirituality, the Supernatural, and Soviet Memory of World War I.”

March 5: Dr. Shellen Wu, Assistant Professor in the UT History Department, gave a talk entitled, “Geography and the Fate of Chinese Civilization, 1940-1949.”

November 12: Dr. Paul Cooker, a lecturer in the UT History Department, presented portion of his manuscript. The talk was entitled “‘We Were Somebody, To Be Sure’: The Shifting Legacies of Tennessee’s Black Civil War Veterans.”

November 15: The workshop participants discussed Paul Fussel’s ground-breaking book, The Great War and Modern Memory.

November 29: Dr. Chris Magra, Assistant Professor in the UT History Department, gave a lecture entitled “Capitalism and Seapower in the Atlantic World.”


February 8: Geoff Krempa, a PhD student in modern European history in the UT History Department, presented a talk based on his dissertation project on transnational radical nationalism in interwar Central Europe.

February 22: Dr. Joseph Kosek of George Washington University spoke about American traditions of nonviolence and the development of those traditions in World War II.

March 24: Dr. Margaret Storey of DePaul University discussed her recent work on Alabama Unionists in the post-Civil War period.

April 21: Dr. Martin Griffin of UT’s English Department presented a talk entitled “Baghdad Blues: Thinking about History and Fiction, Iraq 1958.”

September 14: Will Rall, a PhD student in modern European history in the UT History Department, gave a talk entitled “Confronting Gleichschaltung: Catholic Charity and Everyday Practice in the Third Reich.

October 26: The workshop participants discussed Drew Faust’s seminal work, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.


February 25: Dr. Jerry Lembcke of Holy Cross College gave a talk based upon his book, The Splitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam. Dr. Lembcke also led an earlier workshop discussion of his new book, Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal.

March 25-26: Dr. Carol Reardon of Penn State University gave a talk on her book, Launch the Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972. Dr. Reardon also participated in Dr. Steve Ash’s graduate research seminar in American history.

April 1: Dr. Margaret Andersen, an Assistant Professor in the UT History Department, gave a presentation entitled “Depopulation on Either Side of the Mediterranean: French Protnatalists and the Ligue des Familles Nombreuses Françaises de l’Afrique du Nord.”

April 1: Brad Nichols, PhD student in modern European history in the UT History Department, presented his conference paper, entitled “Lost Blood in the East: Nazi Germanization Policy, 1940-1942.”

November 12: Professor Todd Shepard of John Hopkins University gave a public talk on the postwar decolonization in French politics.


April 16: Paul Cooker, a PhD student in American history in the UT History Department, offered his comments on “The First World War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1933,” which is a chapter from Dr. Liulevicius’s book manuscript. The workshop then moved to a wider discussion of comparative cases in modern America, modern and medieval Europe, and Africa.

April 30: Brian Vick of Emory University gave a talk entitled “The Vienna Congress of 1814-1815, Europe, and the Aftermath of War.” Earlier in the day Dr. Vick also led a discussion of an article on the social role of the memories of the wars against Napoleon in Germany.

May 7: The workshop participants discussed Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s book, The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery.

October 8: Dr. Martin Griffin of UT’s English Department led a discussion of Edward Linenthal’s controversial monograph, Sacred Ground: Americans and their Battlefields.

December 8: Mike McConnel, a PhD student in modern European history in the UT History Department, gave a presentation of a work in progress. The group then discussed a draft of an article that Mike subsequently submitted for publication. In the work, Mike looks at the ways in which Nazi Gestapo security forces used security strategies invented in occupied Eastern Europe within Germany itself.