Event 2: Marginalised Histories of the Second World War

The second event of the Teaching and Learning War Research Network – Marginalised Histories of the Second World War – will take place on 11 April 2018 at KCL’s Strand Campus in London.

This workshop seeks to bring together researchers working on topics related to the history, memory and representation of the Second World War (including the Holocaust) that go beyond well-worn Euro-centric narratives and/or researchers whose work casts light on lesser known aspects of the experiences themselves. The term ‘marginalised’ is defined broadly with reason in order to encompass the latest research dedicated to those narratives of the Second World War and the Holocaust that are usually relegated to the side notes or chapters of broader histories and/or that are not currently central to commemoration in the UK and the Commonwealth.

While we recognise that it will not be possible to do full justice to all marginalised voices in a one-day event, the organisers felt it to be important to include new and marginalised perspectives on all aspects of and related to the Second World War, including the Holocaust as well as events such as the Bengal Famine.

Our confirmed key note speakers are:

Click here for the Call for Papers – abstracts of no more than 200 words should be emailed to Catriona Pennell (C.L.Pennell@exeter.ac.uk) no later than 30 November 2017. Please include a brief biography outlining your research expertise as well as your name, organisation/institution and contact email.

A limited number of AHRC-funded travel bursaries are available for those participants travelling from outside Greater London. This includes generous bursaries to assist colleagues travelling from overseas.

PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE: Hidden Histories, Public Engagement, and Lessons Learned from the First World War Centenary

The daytime workshop will be followed by a public roundtable in the early evening on the theme of public engagement and hidden histories, particularly ‘lessons learned’ from the First World War centenary as we approach the major anniversaries of the Second World War. Confirmed panellists include: Lucy Noakes (Essex), Santanu Das (KCL), Suzanne Bardgett (IWM), Simon Young (BBC History Commissioner), Rob Attar (BBC History Magazine), Karen Brookfield (HLF), and Paul Kiem (History Teachers’ Association of Australia). The roundtable will be chaired by Helen Weinstein, Creative Director of History Works.