Witnessing War, 24 March 2018

The First World War Network is proud to be organising a one-day workshop on Saturday 24 March at the University of Hertfordshire alongside our colleagues and friends at War Through Other Stuff and the Everyday Lives in War AHRC First World War Public Engagement Centre.

Witnessing War has been scheduled to coincide with the University of Hertfordshire’s display of Beyond the Battlefields, an exhibition of photographs taken by the German photographer Käthe Buchler during the First World War. The workshop will  include a series of talks from both academic researchers and those that have experienced conflict at first hand. There will also be an activity centering on Käthe Buchler’s photographs, giving participants the chance to interact with and respond to the images.

A full programme will be released shortly along with registration details. Attendance for First World War Network members at this fascinating event will, of course, be FREE, and travel bursaries will be available.

Joining the First World War Network is free. To join our rapidly expanding network of First World War researchers from a range of backgrounds, please see our ‘How to join’ page or click HERE.

Keep your eyes peeled here and on Twitter for further announcements!

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Buchler announcement flyer

 

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Announcing the next FWWNetwork workshop!

We are delighted to announce the details for the next First World War Network workshop, which will be taking place at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Once again, the theme of the workshop has been chosen in direct response to the wishes of our members, and will focus on one of the most exciting areas of historical research: public engagement!

FWW Network Workshop January 2018

This is your chance to come and meet the next generation of First World War researchers, share your research in an informal, supportive atmosphere, learn about how public engagement works, and be the first to hear about the First World War Network’s own bespoke public engagement funding scheme!

Attendance for this event is free to members of the First World War Network, but numbers are strictly limited. Travel bursaries will be available, and the workshop will commence at 11am to reduce the need for attendees to arrange overnight accommodation.

Not yet a member of the First World War Network? Join today by visiting the link below and completing our introductory questionnaire:

https://fwwnetwork.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/join-us-shape-the-future-of-the-first-world-war-network/

CFP: 1918-2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century

‘1918-2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century’, 6-8 September 2018, University of Wolverhampton

This conference, hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in association with the WFA and the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers, seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year.

The conference will include keynote addresses from some of the leading names in the field: Professor Alison Fell (Leeds), Professor Peter Frankopan (Oxford), Professor John Horne (TCD), Professor Gary Sheffield (Wolverhampton), Professor Sir Hew Strachan (St Andrews), Professor Laura Ugolini (Wolverhampton) & Professor Jay Winter (Yale).

We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations fitting within the conference topic. Therein we encourage international perspectives and seek a range of historical approaches together with cross-disciplinary insights. Suggested themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Warfare in 1918
  • The War in 1918
  • Women in 1918
  • Strategy, Tactics & Technology
  • Victory & Defeat
  • Winners & Losers
  • Peace & (Ongoing) Conflict
  • Revolution(s)
  • Aftermaths, Legacies & Impacts
  • Veterans (Male & Female)
  • Civilians & Consequences
  • Gender, Class, Race & Ethnicity
  • Ends & Beginnings
  • Learning/Understanding the War
  • Commemoration & Memory
  • The Centenary

We welcome submissions from scholars, including early career researchers & postgraduate students, as well as independent researchers, organisations, and community projects.

The First World War Network is delighted to be among the institutions supporting this conference, and we are keen to encourage members to submit submissions on relevant topics. We hope to be in a position to offer a limited number of bursaries to help support the participation of ECRs/PGRs in this event, and will be providing opportunities for ECR/PGR development as part of the conference. For further details, please contact Dr Oli Wilkinson at the address below.

Abstracts of 250 words should be accompanied by your name, affiliation (if applicable) and a brief biographical statement (c. 100 words). Panel submissions will also be considered.

Submissions should be directed to Dr Oli Wilkinson: O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk by 3 January 2018.

A PDF copy of the call for papers can be downloaded from this link: 1918-2018 Conference CFP.

Research and Teaching Workshop

Following the launch of the First World War Network and the incredible response to our introductory questionnaire, we are delighted to announce initial details of our next event. On Tuesday 18 July, the First World War Network will be hosting a research and teaching workshop at the University of Sheffield, focusing on two aspects of the postgraduate and early-career researchers’ experience that YOU, our members, have told us you want to see.

180717 workshop

This is your chance to come and meet the next generation of First World War researchers, share your research in an informal, supportive atmosphere, learn what journal editors are looking for in your article submissions, receive feedback on your own ideas, and consider what is required for you to convert your research passions into great undergraduate teaching.

Attendance for this event is free to members of the First World War Network, but numbers are strictly limited. Travel bursaries will be available, and the workshop will commence at 11am to reduce the need for attendees to arrange overnight accommodation.

Not yet a member of the First World War Network? Join today by visiting the link below and completing our introductory questionnaire:

https://fwwnetwork.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/join-us-shape-the-future-of-the-first-world-war-network/

 

What Scholars Do Next: in light of the ‘What Tommy Did Next’ Symposium

FWW Network member Mike Hally, PhD doctoral candidate, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, University of Edinburgh, shares some insights after the recent ‘What Tommy Did Next’ symposium, including his hopes for the FWW Network to ‘join-up’ researchers working on parallel areas of First World War history (but often in complete ignorance of one another).

It was impressive to see the commitment and enthusiasm of 30 speakers and another 35 attendees at our symposium What Tommy Did Next – Veterans’ activities and organisations of the First World War in the UK and Beyond, on Saturday 18 March in Edinburgh.  One illustration of that commitment, is that not one speaker dropped out since we first published our programme, and only one single registered attendee didn’t turn up on the day (and with very good reason, which we were told about in advance).

As with other conferences in the last year or so, we were all struck by the range and diversity of original research being carried out on the First World War and its aftermath – but also by how much we didn’t know about this work until we got people together. It does seem that lots of people are carrying out fascinating new research, much of it based on new sources, yet often without knowing about others’ work in related fields. I certainly include my own studies into the origins of the veterans’ groups that preceded the British Legion within this observation.

So it was great that our event also saw the UK launch of the FWW Network, which is much-needed as a way of joining up all these research projects and connecting all the people doing them. After Jay Winter gave a characteristically deep and thought-provoking Keynote Address on ‘the Silences of the Men Who Served’, the stage was set for the steering committee of Oliver, Chris, Philippa, and David, alongside Sarah Lloyd from the Everyday Lives in War engagement centre, to set out the case for the Network and what it hopes to achieve, plus the welcome news that, because it has AHRC funding, no-one will need to pay a membership fee!

By the end of the day it was very clear that most of the people there want to stay in contact, and the FWW Network will be the means by which that can be achieved. I’m looking forward to that happening and continuing to grow the contacts initiated that day.  Perhaps an early task for the network will be to compile a searchable database of all these studies, the people working on them, keywords, related resources and so on?

Committee member Oliver Wilkinson responds: A key aim of the FWW Network is certainly to try to connect ECRs and PGRs working on the First World War. Therein we are currently looking at how to best us our website via a member’s section. We will certainly take on-board Mike’s suggestions of keywords and tags!

1918 – 2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century

Save the dates! Between 6 and 8 September 2018, the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton, in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the FWWNetwork, will be hosting a major international conference entitled 1918-2018: The End of the War and the Reshaping of a Century.

2018 represents a major milestone in the history of the First World War, not least because it marks the centenary anniversary of the end of the conflict. This encompassing conference seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significance, consequences, and legacies of this watershed year. It encourages international perspectives and seeks to encompass a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights.

The event will feature keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and what came afterwards, along with panel sessions from established and emerging academic researchers. Moreover, the event is being developed in collaboration with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events. FWWNetwork will be working hard to support postgraduate students and early career researchers’ involvement in the event.

Keynote contributions include:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)

Dr Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)

We ask you to ‘Save the Date’ and we invite expressions of interest from scholars (including early career and postgraduate researchers), independent researchers, organisations, groups and individuals interested in participating (as either contributor or attendee) in the conference.

A formal call for papers will follow in summer 2017.

Organising Committee:

The conference is being organised by: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, Dr Simon Constantine, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor Laura Ugolini and Dr Oliver Wilkinson.

Contact:

To register your interest or for any further enquires please contact:

Dr Oliver Wilkinson (O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk)

Keep up-to-date with all the latest event news at our website (www.wlv.ac.uk/1918to2018) or by following us on twitter (@1918to2018)

 

FWWNetwork launches next weekend

The wait is almost over. On Saturday 18 March, the First World War Network will officially launch at the What Tommy Did Next… conference at the University of Edinburgh.

If you’re a postgraduate or an early career researcher, or an independent scholar, or attached to a heritage agency or community group, or anyone interested in studying the First World War and linking up with like-minded people to discuss collaborative projects, apply for funding and to take advantage of our training workshops, then please do come and say hi, and find out how you can be a part of our network.

Tickets for the conference are still available, see the conference website for details: http://www.what-tommy-did-next.org.uk/index.php

Can’t make it to Edinburgh? Don’t worry, you can still get in touch with us and join the network for FREE simply by emailing fwwnetwork@gmail.com.