A major international conference, entitled ‘The Great War in the Middle East 1911-1923’ organised jointly by the War Studies Department of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford, took place on 20-21 April 2016. It re-examined the origins, conduct and consequences of the First World War in the Middle East. This conference brought together historians of the Middle East and the First World War to discuss this formative event and to relate the Great War to the broader period of conflict that affected the Ottoman Empire from 1911 to 1923.
Registration is now open for the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Oxford conference ‘The Great War in the Middle East 1911-1923’.
If you would like to attend the event on Friday 22 April at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 April 2016. A confirmation email will sent on Thursday 14 April to attendees.
Poster for Friday 22 April event: WW1Middle East 22 April 2016
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
This major international conference, organised jointly by the War Studies Department of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford, will re-examine the origins, conduct and consequences of the First World War in the Middle East. The voluminous historiography of the conflict remains, however, focused on the European experience of 1914-18. This conference brings together historians of the Middle East and the First World War to discuss this formative event and to relate the Great War to the broader period of conflict that affected the Ottoman Empire from 1911 to 1923.
The fee for attending the conference is £200; accommodation and dinners can also be booked as optional extras. If you wish to attend please email Dr James Kitchen for a copy of the conference information pack, booking form and the security form: email@example.com
Further information and programme: GWME Advert
All events take place on Wednesdays 5.15, Wharton Room, All Souls College
Except the meeting on 17 February at 2.30, Wharton Room, All Souls College
Week 1 – 20 January
Robert Johnson (Oxford) – The Great War in the Middle East: A Strategic Perspective
Week 4 – 10 February
Frederick C. Schneid (High Point, NC) – Imperial Identities at War: the Battle of Solferino
Week 5 – 17 February (NB 2.30pm, Wharton Room, All Souls College)
Brian McAllister Linn (Texas A&M University) – The American Way of War
Week 6 – 24 February
Yasmin Khan (Oxford) – The Raj at War: India 1939-45
Week 8 – 9 March
Nick Stargardt (Oxford) – The Perils of Patriotism: What were Germans fighting for in World War II?
York St John University, York, UK
17-18 June 2016 (associated social and cultural events on 16th and 19th June)
Keynote Speakers include Priya Satia (Stanford University); more to be confirmed.
This international interdisciplinary conference will examine the effects of World War 1 and the post-war settlement in the Middle East, especially those which are still felt today e.g. state borders, migrations, secular and religious ideologies and movements, and struggles over power. The centenary of the 1916 “Sykes-Picot agreement”, which fed into the post-1918 politics of the region, provides a prompt to reflect on these themes, but does not limit the range of topics for discussion.
With its associated exhibitions and cultural events, the conference will provide a timely opportunity to re-examine the history of this period from many different perspectives and consider the extent of its consequences for the present, and implications for the future. It will also be an opportunity for scholarly work on the Middle East over the last century to be heard and discussed by a wider audience, and for participants to share non-academic as well as academic perspectives on past, present and future in the Middle East.
The conference will encourage the exploration of:
* issues such as gender politics, oil, imperialism, borders, mandates and state formation, local, national, and international elites, and local, national and communal histories of the region
* the impact of early twentieth century developments on subsequent histories and perceptions of ethnic, religious, social and communal diversity in the region
* cultural, political, and ideological aspects of these topics within and beyond the Middle East.
* histories and/or contemporary experiences of York/Yorkshire connections with the Middle East
Potential contributions to the conference may thus come from many disciplines; these might include geography, cartography, ethnography/anthropology, political science, war and peace studies, international relations, archaeology, science and/or engineering, religious and philosophical studies, the arts, cultural, media, and literary studies, statistics.
The conference will include both plenary sessions and panels. All sessions will be designed to give ample time to discuss presentations with a common theme. Proposals for papers or other forms of presentation are invited from all disciplines and areas. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited volume of conference proceedings.
Paper proposals should be for presentations of no more than 15 minutes; we are happy to consider proposals for contributions in other formats. Panel proposals should be for 2/3papers dealing with common themes.
Proposals, which should provide  a title,  an abstract of no more than 250 words,  the proposer’s name and contact details, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23 January 2016 at latest. Proposers will be informed of decisions about their proposal by early March.
Further details about the conference, including registration fees, concessions, etc. will be available shortly.
Organising committee: John Bibby, Joanna de Groot, Ian Horwood
Sponsors: York St John University; Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, History Department, University of York; also associated with the York Festival of Ideas.
This conference marks the one hundredth anniversary year of the Arab Revolt, a significant event in the region during the Great War and after, but not, of course, an indicator of the allegiances of many Arabs who remained on the Ottoman side until 1918. The military success of the Arab Revolt was squandered in 1919-25 by the failure of the Arabs to remain united, and European peace-making, while laudable, sought to break up the region for its own interests.
The conference is focussed on the contrasts and confluences of military operations and peace-making in the Middle East between 1915 and 1922. Scholars are invited from a cross section of international institutions, seeking to return the Middle East and the Western Empires to their proper place in the history of that war, not as sideshows, but as important theatres in their own right. Oxford is well placed for this endeavour, with its Middle East Studies Centre, large numbers of scholars working in this field, and strong links with the modern Middle East.
The first two days of the conference will take place at RMA Sandhurst, the third day will take place in Oxford.
Further information will be posted here when available.
The Changing Character of War (CCW) and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) will run a joint event on the First World War in the Middle East on 20-22 April 2016.
For further details please contact Rob Johnson.