Lawrence of Arabia and Beyond…

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 27/4/2015.

‘Lawrence of Arabia and Beyond – Other Lawrences and the other Lawrence’ 

15 May 2015 10 am – 4.30 pm  John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester

2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Thomas Edward Lawrence – scholar, archaeologist, soldier, spy, diplomat, author and celebrity – ‘Lawrence of Arabia’


This one-day workshop will bring together scholars to discuss aspects of Lawrence’s life, career and reputation which have remained surprisingly neglected amidst the vast body of writing on one of the most enigmatic Britons of the twentieth century. Speakers will include Dr Robert Fletcher (Exeter), Dr Paul Knight (Independent), and Dr Oliver Bast (Manchester). Individual papers that have already been proposed for the event include:

§  The significance of Lawrence’s forgotten work in Mesopotamia.

§  A comparative study of Lawrence and Theodor Wiegand’s roles as intelligence officers and archaeologists.

§  Lawrence’s relationship with Lewis Namier, Professor of Modern History at Manchester in the 1930s.

§  The ways in which Lawrence’s image was shaped by the emerging ‘celebrity culture’ of the inter-war period.

§  How Lawrence was remembered by those who continued to work with Bedouin groups after Husein’s revolt.

The workshop will be divided into three sections, consisting of a series of 20-25 minute papers, culminating in a roundtable discussion involving all participants and attendees.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.


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