Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Awards

Thanks to the generosity of the Royal Historical Society, we are now able to confirm that ALL Postgraduate Researchers accepted to speak at the conference will receive a FULL conference fee waiver.

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The deadline for submissions is fast approaching. Please ensure you send your 250 word abstract and c. 100 word biography to before 17 July 2015.

Gendering Remembrance: The Home Front in Contemporary Media and Community Engagement with the First World War

Here is the abstract for Professor Maggie Andrews’ keynote address, which will close the conference on 27 February 2016:

First World War Remembrance was perhaps once, for many, associated with war memorials, battlefields and poppies. Yet in the World War One Commemoration the Home Front is taking a central place within both popular consciousness and the plethora of: museum exhibitions, publications, heritage lottery funded projects and media. The consequent attention being given to the lives of women and families, once: ‘hidden from history’ has received criticism from some traditional historians of war and conflict; yet perhaps it is an indication of shifting cultural attitudes to: war, women or even domesticity.  Alternatively it could be symptomatic of the need to attract audiences, by what have sometimes been referred to as ‘War Industries’.

Television and radio’s domestic consumption, its feminine concern with the private sphere and personal lives structures its mode of communication, discourses and iconography which make up the lexicon of images through which war is portrayed.  In the 130 WWI programmes commissioned by BBC there has also been a strong local focus, mirroring that of many:  amateur History groups, organisations receiving Heritage Lottery Fund grants and regional museums. This paper will interrogate these recent phenomenon, questioning whether they suggest a democratizing of remembrance or they may serve to make the horrors of war more palatable.

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Remembering the Great War: A Trans-National Approach

Here is the abstract for Professor Jay Winter’s keynote address, which will open the conference on 27 February 2016:

We live in a world where historians born in one country have been able to migrate to follow their historical studies and either to stay in their adopted homes or to migrate again, when necessary, to obtain a university post. In First World War studies, this is particularly evident. Christopher Clark was born in Sydney, studied in Berlin, and finished his studies in Cambridge, where he still teaches. Norman Stone was trained at Cambridge and now is at Bilken University in Turkey. John Horne was born in Adelaide, studied at Oxford and Sussex, and teaches in Dublin. Fifty of the 70 authors of the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War, which I edited and which was published in 2014, are trans-national scholars, practicing history far from their place of birth, and enriching the world of scholarship thereby. Seeing the world in which we live at a tangent, in the words of the Greek poet Kafavy, opens up insights harder to identify from within a settled world. This lecture describes the emergence of trans-national history as a way into understanding the new generation of scholarship on the Great War, which informs both academic and public history.

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