CfP: Borders. Movements, everyday life, illegalities (1939-1945)

February 24, 2018 – Salle Marc Bloch, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France)

Second World War historiography has largely focused, after 1945, on national particularisms and on regional and national perspectives. These studies highlight the history or the microhistory of a society in a small or large geographical area, confronted with the disruption of a war, often followed by that of the Nazi rule. The transnational perspective has only very recently emerged, for instance encouraged by the publication of the collective work 1937-1947 : la guerre-monde edited by Alya Aglan and Robert Frank in 2015, or Olivier Wieviorka’s 2017 work on the European resistance, which offers a comparative approach to the different clandestine movements in several countries in Western Europe.

The goal of this conference will be to pursue these reflections with a resolutely transnational approach, taking as the central object the dynamics of cross-border spaces or of spaces linked to the proximity of a border during the Second World War.

Full details here.

Submission rules
Abstracts should be submitted as a single PDF file. They should include a title, a summary of the presentation of maximum 300 words, and a short biographical introduction. The 300-word summary of the presentation should include the thesis and the arguments that will be presented. The name of the author, his or her institutional affiliation, and his or her email address should be clearly indicated in the PDF file.

Send your abstracts to the organizing committee at by October 15, 2017, at the latest.

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