The End of the First World War with its History, Remembrance and Current Challenges

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
11-12 October 2018

The interdisciplinary conference aims to shine a light on the precarious peace after the First World War, with a view to determining the lessons it holds for us in the present, as well as a better understanding of the commemoration of the centenary.

40 renowned speakers

Join our high-profile panelists and moderators in six panels.
Simultaneous translation into English, French and German will be provided

Open to scholars, professionals, journalists and students

Registration is now closed!

Dinner speech and reception

We invite all participants to the evening reception at the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Video and Podcast series

Our Video and Podcast series highlights the main topics that will be discussed in the conference

Copyright: Bernd Wannenmacher


Weltsaal, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
11-12 October 2018


Please remember to bring a valid ID for the security check by the federal police at the entrance.

Heiko Maas, German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (video message)

Speaker: Carl Bildt, Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations

This panel will analyze the outcome of the peace negotiations, including a re-examination of the problems that were solved, left unsolved, or newly created.

Laurence Badel, University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I)
Jennifer D. Keene, Chapman University
Jörn Leonhard, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Chair: Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge

A buffet will be served at the venue.

This panel is dedicated to issues that are important for understanding the peace order (or disorder) after the First World War. Various regions will be examined – not only in Europe, but also further afield, including Africa and the former colonies.

Marie-Janine Calic, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
Edhem Eldem, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Yaroslav Hrytsak, Ukrainian Catholic University and Lviv National University
Rana Mitter, University of Oxford

Chair: Michael Thumann, foreign policy correspondent for DIE ZEIT

Refreshments will be served at the venue.

This panel will consider the consequences of war, such as migration, forced displacement, population transfers, war traumas, brutalization, violence and the challenge of demobilization.

Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
Lotte Leicht, Human Rights Watch
Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Engjellushe Morina, Berghof Foundation
Heidi Tagliavini, Former Swiss Ambassador

Chair: Christian Trippe, Deutsche Welle

Dinner Speech: Daniel Kehlmann
Venue: Schlüterhof, Deutsches Historisches Museum


Please remember to bring a valid ID for the security check by the federal police at the entrance.

This panel will focus on various peacekeeping principles, such as attaining peace through international law, democracy and self-determination or military power. Equally, international tribunals as a means to attain peace will be considered as well as the importance of the international economy.

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, International Criminal Court in The Hague
Volker Stanzel, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Adam Tooze, Columbia University

Chair: Mikhail Zygar, Journalist and author

Refreshments will be served at the venue.

This panel will look at the many and diverse ways that different cultures commemorate the First World War and its end, while bearing in mind the emotional reactions that are widely provoked by memories of the First World War, as well as the constant temptation to instrumentalize history.

Joan Beaumont, Australian National University
Elise Julien, University of Lille
Markus Meckel, Former member of the German Parliament
Arndt Weinrich, University Paris Sorbonne (Paris-IV)

Chair: Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian

A buffet will be served at the venue.

The final discussion will draw on the previous themes of the conference and deduce what can be learned from the First World War and its commemoration and what instruments and actors of peace can be utilized in the present day.

Ayham Kamel, EURASIA Group
Volker Perthes, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of the Republic of Latvia
Justin Vaïsse, Centre d'analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS)

Chair: Stefan Kornelius, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Speaker: Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Speaker announcements, podcasts and other news

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The conference in video

Our Partners

Institut franco-allemand de sciences historiques et sociales (IFRA/SHS)

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Centre Marc Bloch

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale

Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris

Fondation Jean Jaurès

Any questions? Feel free to get in touch with the conference team:

Freie Universität Berlin


Phone: + 49 030 838 60199