An Emerging Discipline in a Warring World: World War I & Social Sciences

Event, 7-8 September 2023, Glasgow, Scotland (and online)



A Hybrid Event, 7-8 September 2023, University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom


Organizer: Dr Babak Amini (


Panel 1: 7 September, 14:00-16:00 (UK Time), University of Glasgow, Seminar Room, Lilybank House

Zoom link to Panel 1 for those attending online:

Guest speakers: Niall Bond (Université Lumière Lyon), Austin Harrington (University of Leeds), Thomas Kemple (University of British Columbia), Babak Amini (University of the West of Scotland)


Panel 2: 8 September, 11:00-13:00 (UK Time), University of  West Scotland, Paisley Campus, D134

Zoom link to Panel 2 for those attending online:

Guest speakers: Marcel Fourier (Université de Montréal), Peter Kivisto (Augustana College), Simon Lafontaine (Technische Universität Berlin)


Many of the founding figures of social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, and criminology, were alive and active during the First World War. However, the impact of the war on their theoretical perspectives and their engagement with the war process have not been systematically examined. This two-day event brings together some of the most renowned scholars specializing on different aspects of the topic to examine their involvement in the war at personal and political levels; the implications of the war on their theories during and after the war; and the consequences of such historical re-examination on the conceptual foundation of social sciences.