In the Shadow of the First World War - Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict in Global Perspective
A conference over two days sponsored by the Department of History, University of Manchester, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and the Centre for Chinese Studies.
The mass violence and social upheaval of the First World War cast a long shadow over the 20th century. In this momentous centenary year of 2014, it is timely for the Department of History at the Universityof Manchester to host an event that reflects on the central dynamics of war and conflict over the last century, including mass violence, suffering and survival, race and ethnicity, and commemoration.
In the plenary talks, Dr Santanu Das (Kings College London) will speak about India and empire in WW1, and Professor Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong) will discuss the hidden history of Chinese workers on the western front, and the impact of WWI on China’s subsequent history.
This event also brings together prominent scholars and postgraduate researchers to participate in a series of panels and roundtables, including Dr Richard Smith (Goldsmiths), Professor Peter Gatrell (Centre for the Cultural History of War), Dr Jo Laycock (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Bertrand Taithe (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute), and Dr Aaron Moore (History, Manchester).
The conference is sponsored by the Department of History, University of Manchester, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and the Centre for Chinese Studies.
Thursday May 15th 2014
Plenary by Santanu Das (Kings College London), University Place Theatre A. Archive, Body, and Memory: India and Empire in the First World War
Reception in the foyer of the Samuel Alexander Bldg.
Conference dinner at Red Chili, Oxford Road.
Friday May 16th (University Place 5.210 & 5.211)
Mass violence and its effects in the Russian and Ottoman empires. Chaired by Prof. Hannah Barker.
Jo Laycock (Sheffield Hallam)
Peter Gatrell (Manchester)
Alistair Dickins (Manchester)
Panel 1 Suffering and Survival: 3x15 minute presentations + discussion
Panel 2 Commemoration: 4x15 minute presentations + discussion
Commemoration and memory of 20th century war. Chaired by Prof. Penny Summerfield.
Sam Edwards (MMU)
Frances Tay (Manchester PGR)
Ion Popa (Manchester PGR)
Martin Purdy (Lancaster)
Special Presentation: WW1 digital project by Professor Peter Gatrell
Prof Peter Gatrell (Manchester) discussing online encyclopaedia of WWI project.
Empire and Ethnicity. Chaired by Dr. Anindita Ghosh.
Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong)
Richard Smith (Goldsmiths)
Santanu Das (Kings)
Bertrand Taithe (HCRI, Manchester)
Plenary by Prof. Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong) followed by reception
Performance by Harp & Monkey, Lancaster folk trio (at the Big Hands)
No registration required. However, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the conference dinner on Thursday evening, or if you plan to attend the conference and have specific dietary requirements.