Event 2: Marginalised Histories of the Second World War

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Photos courtesy of Kevin Murphy Photography

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

This workshop brought 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 as well as researchers whose work casts light on lesser known aspects of the experiences themselves. The term ‘marginalised’ was 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.

Our key note speakers were:

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

Click here for a storify link archiving the live tweeting from the daytime and evening events (#hiddenWW2)

Podcasts of the keynotes and roundtable discussion:

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

Nash Lecture Theatre (K 2.31), Strand Campus, King’s College London (6.30 – 9pm)

The daytime workshop was followed by a public roundtable 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. Panellists included: Lucy Noakes (Essex), Santanu Das (KCL), Suzanne Bardgett (IWM), Simon Young (BBC History Commissioner), Rob Attar (BBC History Magazine), and Paul Kiem (History Teachers’ Association of Australia). The roundtable was chaired by Helen Weinstein, Creative Director of History Works.

Please follow the link to read or download our report, Bringing the Marginal into the Mainstream: Hidden Histories, Public Engagement and Lessons Learned from the Centenary of the First World War, published in November 2018 outlining the discussions and issues raised during the public roundtable.

(You will need Adobe Reader – available to download for free – to view this report)