Gateways International Conference: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Exploring the history of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; its task, legacies and future.

Monday 04 September 2017, 9:00 to Tuesday 05 September 2017, 13:00

University of Kent, Canterbury Campus, Grimond Building (Lecture Theatre 3), CT2 7NZ

“The single biggest piece of work since the Pharoahs” (Kipling)

A conference for PhD students and Early Career Researchers

2017 marks the centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Originally named the Imperial War Graves Commission, the organisation emerged from the various bodies given responsibility for the war dead of the British Empire. Led by the remarkable Sir Fabian Ware, a man driven by a vision of imperial collaboration, the Commission took responsibility for a global project for the permanent commemoration of the dead.

Finding solutions to the vast number of questions faced by the Commission was a delicate process, and it resulted in a unique form of remembrance which has left a deep impression on people across the world.

The Centre for War, Propaganda and Society (School of History, University of Kent) and Gateways to the First World War (AHRC-funded World War One Engagement Centre, University of Kent) are hosting an International conference in the CWGC’s centenary year to explore its work and legacies.

This conference is free to attend but please register

To book accommodation on campus please book and pay via the Hospitality website selecting the 3rd and/or 4th September and entering the promotion code “COMMONWEALTH17”.

Prices will be £51.50 for a single and £82.50 for a double and these prices include VAT

For more info please see here

 

Professor David Welch was recently invited to speak to 500 politicians, diplomats, and senior military figures at a conference organized by NATO in Riga, Latvia.

On the 5-6 July, Professor David Welch addressed a conference organized by NATO’s StratCom (a division of NATO Central Command) on ‘Perception Matters: The Politics of Strategic Communications’.  The conference attended by 500 politicians (including two European Presidents and four foreign ministers), diplomats, and senior military figures was held in Riga, Latvia. Professor Welch gave a paper on the role of propaganda in the dis-information age.

Spanish Summer School focuses on First World War

Coinciding with the Spanish state visit to Britain but commemorating the increased Spanish role in the First World War by its undertaking of the global supervision of arrangements for prisoners of war in 1917, Professor Ian Beckett (Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, University of Kent) is teaching by invitation a course on the war at the summer school of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo at Santander.

The course is being delivered at the Magdalena Palace, the former summer residence of the Spanish monarchy, and is one of only a handful this year being taught to Spanish students entirely in the English language.

The German U-boat U-35 running into the Spanish port of Cartagena, April 1917 (C)IWM Q46498