Annonce de colloque – “1914-1944: Clashing Anniversaries or Multi-Directional Memories” (Cichester, Royaume-Uni, 13 juin 2014)

1914-1944: Clashing Anniversaries or Multi-Directional Memories
A one day conference on the competition and negotiation of the past

Keynote Speakers
Professor Max Silverman, University of Leeds
Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck

June 13, 2014

Cloisters Room, University of Chichester

This one-day conference is inspired by the relationship between the two
significant commemorative events of 2014; the outbreak of the First World
War in August 1914 and the D-Day landings of June 1944. Both dates serve as
important markers in the history and memory of Britain and Europe and their
coincidence provides an intriguing context to examine issues of culture,
politics and power within the activities of remembrance in wider society.
Despite the consequence attached to these two dates, with the limitations
of time and finances placed on institutions, the ever-shifting political
interest in commemoration and the weariness of a public saturated with
memory, there is a fear that these significant moments will be set against
one another, rather than placed in contrast and comparison.

This conference will address these concerns but it will also directly
consider why certain events are accorded significance and value over others
and how that might shape value, habits and ideals. For example, with the
advent of the First World War anniversaries, will the remembrance of the
Second World War diminish or perhaps be relegated to the periphery? In
these circumstances, what effect will this have on politics, culture and
society in contemporary Britain and Europe?

The concept of ‘simultaneous anniversaries’ is forwarded to describe this
potentially highly productive arena for research, as we seek to evaluate
these two events and the possible ways in which new practices of memory may
alter or challenge established structures of commemoration. The conference
also proposes to be a starting point for discussion of comparable
anniversary clashes, collisions and alignments, including the First World
War and the 1916 Easter Uprising; the anniversaries of 1917 as a year of
war and revolution; as well as other less well known commemorative
intersections, overlaps and clashes.

Book your place –

Delegates from CREST institutions can apply for travel grants

09:00 – 10:00 Registration: Tea/Coffee

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and discussion: Dr Hugo Frey and Dr Ross Wilson

10:30 to 11:30 Plenary Session: : Professor Max Silverman, University of

11:30 to 12:30: Session One:

Dr Andreas Boldt, National University of Ireland, Maynooth National and
European anniversaries and memories: a comparison of collective memory
between Ireland, Britain and Germany

Professor Kirrily Freeman, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
Amusez-Vous Bien Vichyssois: Great War Memories and the Politics of
Identity in Vichy

12:30 to 13:30 Lunch

13:30 to 15:30 Session Two

Dr Ailsa Grant Ferguson, National Theatre Burdened remembrances:
Shakespeare’s tercentenary and the first Anzac Day, 1916

Professor Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester ‘For Home and Country’:
the overriding appeal of commemorating the First World War

Emma Login, PhD Student, University of Birmingham The memorialisation of
multiple anniversaries in First World War France

Alwyn Turner, University of Chichester The Last Post: Music and Remembrance

15:30 to 16:00 – Tea/Coffee

16:00 to 17:00 Plenary Session
Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck, University of London Between Memory
and Silence, between Trauma and Nostalgia, between Family and Nation:
Remembering the First World War

17:00 Close

We are delighted to welcome you all to the conference this summer and to
the University of Chichester.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Ross
Wilson ( / (+44) 01243 812191.

Conference Organisers:
Dr Hugo Frey, Reader in History, Head of Department of History, University
of Chichester –
Dr Ross Wilson, Senior Lecturer in History and Public Heritage, University
of Chichester –

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