Event 1: Their Past, Their Memory?

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Photos courtesy of Kevin Murphy Photography

The first event of the Teaching and Learning War Research Network – Their Past, Their Memory? – took place on 15 September 2017 at KCL’s Strand Campus in London.

Across two keynotes, four panels, and a roundtable discussion, we considered the following issues:

  • What is being remembered via teaching and learning activities on the two world wars, why, and with what consequences for young people?
  • How as researchers and educators do we measure student receptivity and ensure an authentic portrayal of their voice and perceptions?
  • To what extent are these issues in the teaching and remembrance of the two world wars relevant beyond the British world, particularly in former non-white colonies such as India, Jamaica and Kenya?
  • How do educators in Britain and internationally negotiate the distinctions between different white, non-white and indigenous experiences of war in their educational practice and offer inclusive teaching?
  • What are the challenges of teaching and commemorating war in ways that engage young people of diverse backgrounds?

Our key note speakers were:

The original Call for Papers and the finalised programme can be found here.

Click here for a storify link archiving the live tweeting from the day (#theirpast2017).

Podcasts of the keynotes and roundtable discussion:

Hear from some of our participants about what Event 1 meant to them: