The School of History’s Centre for the History of War, Media and Society recently hosted a major international conference, ‘Propaganda and Neutrality: alternative battlegrounds and active deflection‘, in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) in London and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).
The programme included 26 papers covering broad aspects of the propaganda and wartime neutrality, from just prior to the First World War to the late 20th Century. Speakers joined from all around the world from New Zealand to California. Speakers included a mixture of well-established professors and early career researchers.
The keynote was delivered by University of Kent alumna, Professor Jo Fox, PVC of the University of London, who talked about the potential of propaganda in neutral countries and all its variations, including examples from Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
There were two days full of debate and interaction via a Zoom Webinar and the audience was also able to show their expectations, opinions and knowledge through dynamic applications such as Mentimeter and Wonder.me. The convenors, Dr Edward Corse (Kent) and Dr Marta García Cabrera (ULPGC), have received excellent feedback on the organisation of the two days, and the papers were of a consistent high quality throughout providing a stimulating event for everyone who attended. You can view the full programme online.