Blog: What was the Imperial War Graves Commission?

Hanna Smyth, who is completing her DPhil on the relationship between Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites and identity, recently contributed to the Trusted Source project, which is a National Trust-TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) collaboration. Her article on Kipling and the IWGC (Imperial War Graves Commission) can be found here.

WW1 research competition

TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and Academic IT Services have launched a WW1 research competition whereby they invite students, early career researchers, college/museum and library staff to submit proposals to present new perspectives on the War and its impact through either a blog post or short (audio/video) podcast.

They will support selected entries to develop their digital content which will then be featured on some of the University’s key channels, including Oxford iTunesU,, the Oxford Centenary Programme and World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings websites.

The awards will be judged by a panel of specialists on public engagement and WW1. Prizes will include an iPad Mini and the exciting opportunity to network with experts at the 2016 International Society for First World War Studies conference.

Deadline: midnight, 1 August 2016.

For more information, see here.
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Article by Alice Kelly: An unknown First World War story by Edith Wharton

Dr. Alice Kelly, Postdoctoral Writing Fellow on the Women in the Humanities Programme at TORCH has had an article published in the Times Literary Supplement on her research into an unknown First World War story by Edith Wharton. The story is about Wharton’s anxieties about women in wartime and, more generally, about the broadening the canon of women’s First World War writing.

A link to the Times Literary Supplement article is here.

A link to Oxford’s Arts Blog is here.
The work has also been included The New Criterion’s Critic’s Notebook – see here, in The Atlantic – see here, in Jezebel – see here, and in The Smithsonian’s Smart News – see here.

TORCH seminar: Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road

Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines. Free, all welcome – no booking required. A sandwich lunch is provided from 12:45, with discussion from 13:00 to 13:45.

Elleke Boehmer (Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford) will discuss her book Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire with:
Megan Robb (Junior Research Fellow at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford)
Faisal Devji (University Reader in Modern South Asian History, University of Oxford)
Santanu Das (Reader of English Literature, Kings College London)

About the book

Elleke Boehmer’s book Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire explores the rich and complicated landscape of intercultural contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire, as reflected in a range of literary writing, including poetry and life-writing. The book’s four decade-based case studies, leading from 1870 and the opening of the Suez Canal, to the first years of the Great War, investigate from several different textual and cultural angles the central place of India in the British metropolitan imagination at this relatively early stage for Indian migration. Focussing on a range of remarkable Indian ‘arrivants’ — scholars, poets, religious seekers, and political activists including Toru Dutt and Sarojini Naidu, Mohandas Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore — Indian Arrivals examines the take-up in the metropolis of the influences and ideas that accompanied their transcontinental movement, including concepts of the west and of cultural decadence, of urban modernity and of cosmopolitan exchange.

Jesus College graduate scholarship, linked with GLGW

Jesus College, Oxford Graduate Scholarship, generously funded by members of Jesus College History alumni.

This scholarship is linked to the TORCH network Globalising and Localising the Great War (GLGW) project, History Faculty, University of Oxford, for research on the First World War.

We wish to encourage applications for proposed doctoral theses to be based in the History Faculty that relate to the main project areas of GLGW:

• The Global-Imperial Dimension
• The Economics of War and Peace
• Global War and World Religions
• Military Law and Military-Civil Relations
• Global Cultural Representations of Conflict

When making the application it would be helpful to use the phrase ‘This proposed topic would fit with the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme’ in the thesis proposal and to mention a member of the Programme as a prospective supervisor. We would wish particularly to encourage transnational and comparative projects, and would also welcome interdisciplinary projects.

Eligibility – Home/EU applicants
Value – Jesus College funds University and college fee, and full living expenses
Duration – up to four years (depending on period of fee liability)
Application – via University application form for graduate study by the January 2016 application deadline

For more information on Jesus College, see here.
For more information on the History Faculty, see here.
To apply, see the University of Oxford Application Guide here.

We hope to be able to contact successful candidates by 1 May 2016.

Pembroke/TORCH ‘Women in the Humanities’ Post-doc

Three Year Joint Pembroke-Torch Career Development Fellowship

Pembroke College and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities invite applications for a joint Pembroke-TORCH Career Development Fellowship in ‘Women in the Humanities’. This is a fixed-term appointment for three years. In addition to supporting outstanding early-career researchers who are working in any aspect of Women in the Humanities, the Fellowship aims to build an academic community of shared interests in the College. Accordingly, while the field of specialisation is open, preference may be given for proposals that complement the interests of Fellows in the College.

Special consideration for work within the following topics:
Global War, Revolution and Women’s Citizenship 1914-1919
Women, Literature and Culture of World War One
Women and Gender in Modern South Asia
Women and Gender in Modern Islam

The salary for this post will be in the range £32,277 to £35,256 per annum depending on experience and qualifications.

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 3rd July 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be asked on 7th July to submit written work. It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week beginning 13th July.

For more information, and to apply, see here.

Second GLGW seminar: 5 February 2015

Our second GLGW seminar will be on Thursday 5 February 2015. The speaker will be Claire Morelon and her paper is entitled ‘Catholics in Austria-Hungary in the First World War’

All seminars will be held at TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities, room RH07, and will run from 1 – 2pm. Papers will be of 30-40 minutes, with a discussion afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you there!