Doing Impact during the First World War Centenary Years
4 December 2019, 12:30 to 14:00 Please note: this event has passed
Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus , London
This research seminar will be led by Stefan Manz Aston and chaired by Catherine Smale from the Department of German at King's.
During the First World War, Britain interned 50,000 German and Austro-Hungarian civilians in camps across the Empire. Internees pursued a range of cultural activities behind barbed wire. The paper introduces an AHRC-funded research and impact project which reconstructs this chapter of British-German relations. Project strands include theatre productions, an exhibition, large-scale German-British translations, education packs for schools and a research centre. The paper reflects on issues such as transnational commemoration, Holocaust relativisation and camp conditions, asking probing questions about Britain's role in developing the first global mass detention system of the twentieth century.
Free and open to all to attend. No registration is required.
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