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
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.
On 22 June 2017 the University of Kent’s School of History and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be hosting an international conference ‘The ‘British’ churches 1603-1707: from dynastic union to Anglo-Scottish union‘.
The two-day conference, timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the launching of the Five Articles of Perth by James VI & I in Scotland in 1617, is held in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University and its Centre for Kent History and Heritage.
All conference sessions will take place in Keynes College on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus and aim to bring together scholars with an interest in religion across the British Isles during the 17th century.
An International Conference in the Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham
Friday 30 June & Saturday 1 July 2017
The 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on the Chatham and The English Fleet lying in the Medway, which saw Dutch raiders capture the Royal Charles, flagship of King Charles II’s Navy, will be commemorated at an international conference in the Historic Dockyard’s Royal Dockyard Church on Saturday 1 July. The programme will include talks by naval historians from the UK and The Netherlands and a private viewing of ‘Breaking the Chain’, the Historic Dockyard’s summer exhibition which explores the events of 1667 with material from a wide range of British & Dutch organisations.
Battle of Chatham – van der Stoop
The conference will explore the rethinking of foreign policy and national naval strategy and the importance of the Medway, reflecting the shift of maritime supremacy from the Dutch to the British during the eighteenth century. Colonial trading rivalries throughout the world were the outer ripples of this dynamic and an integral part of the whole story, with the international repercussions of the Dutch wars in the seventeenth century leading to the beginnings of an identifiably modern European structure which has many resonances today.
The conference will begin at 6pm on Friday 30 June with an open lecture in the Royal Dockyard Church by Jeroen van der Vliet of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, followed by a reception.