Free public lecture: Edinburgh Napier University

Ahead of our upcoming conference, join us at the site of the former World War One Craiglockhart Military Hospital for a very special free public lecture about the pioneering work of Dr W.H.R. Rivers, delivered by Dr Nigel Hunt (University of Nottingham).

Narratives and stress: WHR Rivers role in helping understand the importance of story in psychology

The narrative approach – understanding stories – in psychology has become, over the last few decades, very popular. It helps us understand how people’s minds work and gives us tools for helping those who have been through stressful and traumatic events. Dr Rivers worked at Craiglockhart Military Hospital during World War One, trying to understand and treat the men who were sent there as ‘shell shock’ or ‘neurasthenic’ cases from the trenches of the war. His approach became widely known through the novels of Pat Barker, but his influence on psychology (and other disciplines) cuts across many fields. This talk focuses on how Rivers’ work can inform our understanding of the importance of stories in resolving war trauma, even today.

To register for this event, please follow the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/narratives-and-stress-whr-rivers-role-in-helping-understand-the-importance-of-story-in-psychology-tickets-62130967396

Doors open at 18:15, and a wine reception will follow the lecture.

Please contact events@napier.ac.uk for further information.

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Conference update: Friday afternoon workshop

Preparations are ongoing for our upcoming conference at Edinburgh Napier University, and we are delighted to share details of a workshop taking place on Friday afternoon, to which all our delegates are warmly invited. Ian Isherwood, R.C. Miessler, and Amy Lucadamo from Gettysburg College will be sharing their experiences of working on a digital project linked to the First World War letters of Hugh John Chevallier Peirs (better known as Jack). You can visit the website by following the link below:

https://jackpeirs.org/

In ‘The Great War and the Digital Humanities: Creating a project and building a team’, they will provide attendees with insights into the creation of a digital history project, consider engagement with a range of stakeholders, and answer questions from our delegates.

Ian Isherwood introduces the workshop:

“The centennial of the First World War has provided ample opportunities for historians to engage with broader audiences on the subject of war.  In 2014, conscious of the challenges that teaching the First World War presents for educators at all levels, a small team at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA) began digitizing an archival resource and made it available to the public without an institutional mandate or dedicated funding. The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs: A Digital History website began as a mechanism for publishing the correspondence of a British officer 100 years to the day they were written. However, as the team embraced the methodologies of the Digital Humanities, worked collaboratively on creative technological innovations, and discovered new avenues for combining archival and digital pedagogy into the classroom experience, the Peirs project grew into a pedagogy-focused, archives-based digital project that serves as an example of boundary-crossing, team-based Digital Humanities efforts. Through the framework of the Peirs project, this workshop will give guidance for team-building and project management, provide examples of Digital Humanities tools and methods that can be used with First World War collections, and outline pedagogical uses for digital history in the classroom.”

All attendees to ‘The First World War: Past, Present, and Future’ are warmly invited to join us at this fascinating workshop, and will have the chance to speak to the team behind Jack’s letters. Tickets are currently available to members of our mailing list, and the full programme can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

https://fwwnetwork.wordpress.com/the-first-world-war-past-present-and-future/

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