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WWI Conference ImageThis one-day conference will address ideas of the ‘Home Front’, with key themes ranging from social and political upheaval, mobilisation, civilian-military interaction, commemoration and linkages to contemporary developments, with the intention of adding to our wider understanding of the First World War.

Bringing together the many theatres of conflict, including non-European experiences and the Eastern Front, the conference will provide insights in how such a global conflict impacts upon societal relationships and helps to shape national identities and narratives.

The conference programme will cover the following themes and topics:

  • The British Isles and the Home Front (Intelligence and espionage; propaganda; German civilian and combatant internees)
  • The Home Front beyond Western Europe (Palestine and the wider region; Turkey and the Ottoman Empire; Russia; China)
  • Home Front Experiences of People from the British Empire (Indian home front; Responses to West Indian and African troops in Britain and their experiences; the home front in British and German East Africa and the issue of race relations)
  • Identity, Memory and Commemoration (UK narratives; Commemorating the war in the context of Anglo-Irish relations; Armistice Day in the interwar years).

Speakers include:

  • Dr Fred Anscombe, Head, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor of Conflict Studies, University of Wolverhampton
  • Gill Bennett, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute and formerly Chief Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dr Santanu Das, Reader in English Literature, King’s College London
  • Dr Adrian Gregory, Fellow and Tutor in History, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • Dr Stefan Manz, Reader and Head of German Studies, Aston University
  • Dr Helen McCartney, Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College
  • Dr Lucy Noakes, Reader in History, School of Humanities, University of Brighton
  • David Olusoga, Historian, Broadcaster and Filmmaker
  • Dr Catriona Pennell, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter
  • Dr James Renton, Reader in History, Edge Hill University
  • Dr Richard Smith, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Daniel Steinbach, Postdoctoral Researcher, King’s College London

The special issue of the RUSI Journal on the Great War can be accessed here:

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