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/

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Research and Teaching Workshop – Review

Lucie Whitmore, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, co-founder of War Through Other Stuff, and member of the First World War Network, has kindly provided this review of our Research and Teaching Workshop, which took place last month at the University of Sheffield. The First World War Network are hard at work planning our next event now, and would love to hear your thoughts on what kind of specialist training and discussion YOU would like to see us provide. Join us by visiting the link below and completing our introductory questionnaire, and keep up with all the latest news by following us on Twitter @FwwNetwork:

How to join

Many thanks to Lucie for sharing her thoughts with us!


On July 18th, the First World War Network held their latest event at the University of Sheffield; a teaching and research workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers working on projects related to the First World War. I travelled down from Edinburgh for the event, and I’m so glad I braved the eight-hour round trip as the workshop proved not only to be incredibly helpful, but also a lovely opportunity to put faces to names and connect with other researchers.

The day started with a three-minute summary of research from every attendee, meaning that by the end of the first session we had a good idea of who everyone was and what they were working on. (Isn’t it nice at the end of a conference when you finally get a sense of all the different skills and interests in the room? This was like that – except at the start of the day, hooray!) While many of the attendees were PhD students like me, a good range of disciplines and backgrounds were also represented, and the chance to ask each other questions about our projects and experiences was very welcomed by all. A couple of projects discussed in this session with an online presence include:

 

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Delegates enjoying lunch following the three-minute thesis session.

After a nice long lunch break and a chance to chat with other attendees, we moved on to a session on teaching the First World War. Professor Alison Fell and Dr Chris Phillips led this session, with the aim to help us construct First World War-related teaching modules for undergraduate students. I have never done undergraduate teaching so I found all aspects of this session incredibly useful, with the First World War subject matter a bonus! By the end of this session we had all constructed teaching modules in small groups which we presented to the rest of the room. (I hope the ‘Dressing the First World War’ module Jenny Roberts and I designed comes to fruition one day!) One thing that I particularly liked about the teaching session was the reminder that there are infinite approaches we can take to the study and teaching of the history of war, as demonstrated by the great variety of ideas that were being discussed around the room.

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Professor Alison Fell and Dr Christopher Phillips getting to grips with learning outcomes.

The last session was led by Dr Matthew Ford, founder and editor-in-chief of the British Journal for Military History, and Dr Martin Hurcombe, co-editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies. In this session, we all learned a huge amount about the journal publishing process, and particularly the kinds of decisions editors make about the content they publish. Both Matthew and Martin were very generous in sharing stories and advice from their quite different careers as journal editors. A few key pointers that I noted down from this session were:

  • When submitting an article to a journal make sure you have read their ‘house rules’. If you have not included all the information they require, or your article is in the wrong format, it could be rejected for those reasons alone.
  • Similarly, make sure you have fully understood the remit of the journal. Don’t waste time submitting articles that may not be within their scope and interest.
  • Editors are not interested in articles that simply ‘describe’. If you find some brilliant source material, do something with it!
  • When submitting to a journal, make sure you explain why your research matters.
  • If editors come back to you with lots of feedback after peer review, or you go through multiple rounds of peer-reviewing, this probably means they really want to submit your work. They are giving you everything you need to get the work published because they see the potential in you and your work.
  • If you get a rejection or bad feedback, try putting it out of your mind for a few days and come back to it with a little distance. It may be easier to digest!
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Dr Matthew Ford and Dr Martin Hurcombe fielding questions on everything journal-related.

The day ended with a quick visit to the pub before we all jumped back onto our trains home. My main take away from the workshop was how helpful it had been to attend an academic event which incorporated really practical, helpful sessions as well as the chance to share research ideas. As PhD students we are (usually) given training of sorts from our universities, but it is not usually as focused or specialist as this. I certainly feel far better equipped to design a teaching module or submit a journal article, and I very much look forward to seeing what the First World War Network will be teaching us next!


Lucie Whitmore is a final year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching women’s fashion in the First World War. She is the co-founder of ‘War Through Other Stuff’, and will be co-editing a special themed issue of the British Journal for Military History.

You can access the call for papers now! 

https://warthroughotherstuff.wordpress.com/journal/

 

Research and teaching workshop: Last day to sign up!

Registration for our Research and Teaching Workshop, taking place at the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18th July, will close tomorrow at 12pm. We still have a very limited number of spaces available for anyone keen to participate in the event, which will feature contributions from:

  • Professor Alison Fell, Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Leeds
  • Dr Matthew Ford, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal for Military History
  • Dr Martin Hurcombe, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Bristol and Co-Editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies
  • Dr Christopher Phillips, Lecturer in History at Leeds Trinity University

Attendance is free to all First World War Network members, and travel bursaries are available. To book your place, please email fwwnetwork@gmail.com, using ‘Research and Teaching Workshop’ as the subject line.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

Research and Teaching Workshop update

We are delighted to be able to announce that Dr Martin Hurcombe, Reader in French Studies at the University of Bristol and Co-editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies, will take part in the ‘Research: Writing and Publishing Journal articles’ session at our next workshop.

Martin will join Dr Matthew Ford, Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal for Military History, to provide attendees with a thorough introduction to the process, procedures, and preparations you need to be aware of when submitting your research for publication.

The full programme of events for Tuesday 18 July is:

180717 workshop

A limited number of places are still available, but PLEASE hurry to avoid disappointment. To request your place, please email fwwnetwork@gmail.com using ‘Research and Teaching Workshop’ as the subject.

We look forward to seeing you in Sheffield!

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/