THE ORIGINS AND IMPACT OF WORLD WAR I: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE / Columbia University

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THE ORIGINS AND IMPACT OF WORLD WAR I: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE

October 17-18, 2013
Columbia University in the City of New York

Room 1501 International Affairs Building 420 West 118th Street, New York

This conference is organized in collaboration with
the Harriman Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Balassi Institute: Hungarian Cultural Center New York, Flanders House New York, French Cultural Services in New York, Goethe Institute New York, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

5:30pm: “Russia and the Origins of World War I: Time to Reconsider?”
Keynote Lecture by Dominic Lieven (Cambridge)
Introduced by Victoria de Grazia (Columbia) and Jack Snyder (Columbia)

Friday, October 18, 2013

9:00-9:15 Welcome by Timothy Frye (Columbia) and Volker Berghahn (Columbia)

9:15-10:45 Panel I: The Origins of World War I – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Chair: Alan Timberlake (Columbia)
Presenters: Jack S. Levy (Rutgers), “The Role of Preventive Logic in GermanDecision-

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Making in 1914”
Stig Foerster (Berne), “The Great Dilemma. The German General Staff and the

Prospect of a Long War”
Volker Berghahn (Columbia), “The Role of International Big Business in the July

Crisis of 1914” Coffee Break

11:15-12:45
Chair: István Deák (Columbia)
Presenters: Guenter Kronenbitter (Vienna), “A Game of Hazard. Decision-Making in

Vienna, June-July 1914”
Peter Bihari (Budapest), “Rationalization of the War in Hungarian Public Opinion” Jack Snyder (Columbia), “Paradoxes of Russian Strategy in 1914”

2:00-3:30 Panel III: The Experience of Violence – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue I
Chair: Kimberly Marten (Barnard)
Presenters: Annette Becker (Paris), “Violence against Invaded and Occupied Women on

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Panel II: The Eastern Powers and the Origins World War I

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3:30-4:00

the Western and Eastern Front”
Jay Winter (Yale), “The Experience of Shell Shock in World War I and Its Legacies” Michael Matthews (US Military Academy, Westpoint), “Soldier’s Heat. Shell Shock,

Combat Fatigue, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Behavioral Disorder or Social Construction?”

Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 Panel IV: The Experience of Violence – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue II
Chair: Tarik Amar (Columbia)
Presenters: Antoon Vrints (Gent), “Beyond Victimization: Violence as a Manifestation of

Domestic Tensions in Occupied Belgium, 1914-1918”
Ana Antic (London), “Reading Total War from Psychiatric Patients Files”
Jan Skudlinski (Warsaw), “’Here Starts Half-Asia.’ German Experiences on the

Eastern Front in 1914”

5:30-6:45 Panel V: International Law and Modern Warfare
Chair: Michael Doyle (Columbia)
Presenters: Isabel Hull (Cornell), “International Law and the First World War”

Kazimierz Lankosz (Krakow), “World War I: Violations of the Laws of War, Postwar Developments and Lessons for Today”

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