Conference: Pro Patria Mori. Solidarity and Sacrifice in the First World War


(British soldiers blinded by tear gas during the Battle of Estaires, 10 April 1918)

The First World War provoked an intense reflection on the meaning of solidarity and sacrifice in philosophical, political, religious, and anthropological registers of thought. This fascination with the function of sacrifice and its meaning for social cohesion and political solidarity extended well beyond the war into the 1920s and 1930s, whether in the writings of Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Roger Caillois, in D’Annunzio’s Notturno, or with the cult of the Frontsoldaten.

This workshop investigates the relationship between solidarity and sacrifice in historical and conceptual horizons of analysis. Is solidarity possible without a discourse of sacrifice? What is the meaning of “dying for one’s nation?” What is the meaning of sacrifice? Is there any beauty and sweetness in dying for one’s country? Who would want to die for Europe today?

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Date(s) - 14 Apr - 15 Apr


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