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University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH 45220-2872)
Elizabeth B. Frierson (Project Director: March 2013 to April 2016)
World War I and the Arts

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university teachers to study the history of World War I from a transregional perspective.

This institute conceptualizes both WWI and the arts in a broader and more intricate frame than is the norm for scholars and popular perceptions: we will study the history of WWI from a transregional perspective on European, Russian, Ottoman, and American wartime experiences to move towards understanding the totality of this war as it was lived at the time. We define arts not only as literature, performance arts, soundscapes, texts, and visuals, but also as medical humanities, to understand how the wounded body and mind were treated by professionals and understood by laypersons struggling to reintegrate disabled soldiers and traumatized civilians into their societies and polities. The institute will challenge us to conceive of new ways to analyze and narrate WWI as a hinge point between old and new world orders as land-based empires fell, colonial empires cracked, and new nation-states were conceived in wartime and then built around the traumatized human survivors of WWI.

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Project fields:
History, General

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

$196,858 (approved)
$153,007 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014