“In the Shadow of the First World War”


Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 7/5/2014.

“In the Shadow of the First World War:

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict

in Global Perspective” 

History Department conference plus two Plenaries: 

Dr Santanu Das (Kings) 

“Archive, Body, and Memory: India and Empire in the First World War

15th Thurs 5pm

University Place Theatre A 

Prof Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong)

“Chinese Workers and the Great War

16th Fri 5:30pm

University Place Theatre A

The mass violence and social upheaval of the First World War cast a long shadow over the 20th century. In this momentous centenary year of 2014, it is timely for the Department of History at the University of Manchester to host an event that reflects on the central dynamics of war and conflict over the last century, through central dynamics of mass violence, suffering and survival, race and ethnicity, and commemoration. Dr Santanu Das (Kings College, London) will speak about Indians in WW1, and Professor Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong) will discuss the hidden history of Chinese workers on the western front, and the impact of WWI on China’s subsequent history. 

Bringing together prominent scholars and postgraduate researchers to participate in a series of panels and roundtables, the conference will examine the themes of mass violence, genocide and atrocity, empire and ethnicity, suffering and survival. Additional speakers include Dr Richard Smith (Goldsmiths), Dr Jo Laycock (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Peter Gatrell (Centre for the Cultural History of War), Professor Bertrand Taithe (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute), and Dr Aaron Moore (History, Manchester).

The conference is sponsored by the Department of History, University of Manchester, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and the Centre for Chinese Studies.


Thursday May 15th 2014

5-6:30              Plenary by Dr Santanu Das (Kings College London), University Place Theatre A

6:30-7:30         Reception in the foyer of the Samuel Alexander Bldg.

7:30-                Conference dinner at Red Chili, Oxford Road

Friday May 16th

(University Place 5.210 & 5.211)

9:30-10:45       Roundtable 1

10:45-11:00     Tea

11-12:00          Panel 1 Suffering and Survival: 3×15 minute presentations + discussion

12:00-1:00       Catered Lunch

1:00-2:30         Panel 2 Commemoration: 4×15 minute presentations + discussion

2:30-3:00         Special Presentation Prof Peter Gatrell

3:00-3:30         Tea

3:30-5.00         Roundtable 2

5:30-7:30         Plenary by Prof Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong) followed by reception

8:30-                Performance by Harp & a Monkey, folk trio (at the Big Hands)


  No registration required. However, please email intheshadow2014@gmail.com if you would like to attend the conference dinner on Thursday evening, or if you plan to attend the conference and have specific dietary requirements.


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