NETWORLD - Borders as a Result of War (International Conference)



Aims and Objectives
The conference is a part of the Danube Transnational Programme project Networld. The aims of the Networld project are to increase the awareness of the First World War (WWI) heritage in a transnational context and to use this heritage for the development of a sustainable transnational cultural tourism.

The objective of the conference is to help place both the tangible and intangible heritage of WWI in a transnational context by linking stories and experiences of soldiers and civilians to battles, foreign locations, and events during the war and changes after the war.

As such, the focus of the conference and related cultural events is on the impacts on the local population and individual soldiers. Mobilization, transport to far-away front lines, feeding the soldiers, refugees, prisoners of war camps, rationing back home, getting information on missing or killed soldiers, new borders after armistice, and maintenance of war graves and other heritage after the war. Our focus lies on these topics; details about the various battles and units can be easily found online.

Participants we want to attract
The Conference is specifically targeted at historians, archive and museum staff, educators, universities, interest groups, and public authorities involved in heritage protection. Other interested participants are welcome as well.

Presentations, posters, and papers
Each speaker will have 20 minutes, including time for discussion. At the end of each session there will be time for further discussion. The main language will be English and (for native speakers) Czech, with simultaneous translation.

Speakers and other participants are invited to provide posters on the topics as well. There is a limited poster space; therefore, we kindly ask presenters and other participants to contact the organizers for availability of space and further instructions.

All presenters are invited to submit their lecture/poster in paper form as well while at the conference. We plan to publish proceedings (not peer-reviewed) in August 2018.

Cultural Program
Thursday afternoon: visit to the open-air Border Museum (Nove Hrady).
Thursday evening: buffet and music group „Pouli─Źníci“
Friday afternoon: visit to the exhibition “World War I - years of destruction and pain” in the Museum of South Bohemia (Ceske Budejovice)
Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF and IPA)
Saturday: WWI re-enactment groups, music, and other activities in Nove Hrady.
Saturday: 14:00 - Unveiling new WWI monument for fallen soldiers from the region.
During the three days, the exhibition “Moments of War” (by the Museum of Jindrichuv Hradec) will be on display as well.

The Conference will take place in the restored Buquoy Chateau. The 19th century chateau is the property of the Czech Academy of Sciences and houses the innovative and leading institution “Academy and University Center of Nove Hrady”. The Chateau has excellent facilities including all modern techniques, Internet room, bar, in-house accommodation with Wi-Fi and more.

BEWARE: There are TWO towns called Nove Hrady in the Czech Republic. Ours is located in South Bohemia, equidistant from Prague and Vienna. GPS: 48.7910161N, 14.7825239E


Participation in the conference is free, including coffee breaks, lunches, and dinner on Thursday evening for registered participants. For registration, please use the online registration form.

For more information please download the agenda.



Author: Robert Dulfer

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)