Event: The Men who went to War, Sunday 20 November, 14.30-18.00

The Men who went to War from the Parishes of St Margaret’s, St Giles’ and St Matthew’s, 1914-1919.

A free event will take place at the St Margaret’s Institute on Polstead Road in North Oxford this coming Sunday afternoon, 20th November, from 14.30-18.00, to commemorate the end of the Battle of the Somme.

Poster: the-men-who-went-to-war-poster

The event includes a showing of the 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ (with original score) plus exhibitions and short talks about three community history projects to do with WWI in Oxford. There will also be a showing the documentary film ’66 men of Grandpont 1914-18′.

For further information contact Liz Woolley, 01865 242760, liz@lizwoolley.co.uk

Please pass this information on to anyone else who you think might be interested.


On 18th November 2016, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, Academic IT are creating an online (Twitter) memorial to those from the University who died in action or from wounds fighting on the Somme in July-November 1916. This forms part of the University’s First World War Centenary Programme and we need your help!

The memorial will be based on the names listed in the University’s Roll of Service. Although the Roll can tell us key details about the many men who gave up their lives, for various reasons it is not exhaustive. Therefore, we are calling out to all college, library and faculty staff who might be able to help us ‘fill in these gaps’. We are looking for information about:
* the Oxford students from Germany or other Central Powers,
* the Oxford students from the Allies, and
* the members of staff who were not matriculated at the University.

Please email sarah.wilkin@oii.ox.ac.uk (@WW1Centenary) and follow #TheOxfordSomme We look forward to hearing from you!

Shakespeare and the Great War

Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war!

The War and Representation Network (WAR-Net) invites paper proposals for a conference on Shakespeare and the Great War to be held at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, on Friday 8 April 2016.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. This one-day conference will explore intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and the Great War and reflect on anniversary culture more generally.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Gordon McMullan, King’s College, London
Professor Emma Smith, University of Oxford

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Kate McLoughlin (kate.mcloughlin@ell.ox.ac.uk) by 31 January 2016. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

Ø  Wartime performances of Shakespeare
Ø  Shakespeare in the Trenches
Ø  Shakespeare on the Home Front
Ø  Global Wartime Shakespeare
Ø  Shakespeare / Nation / Empire
Ø  Ireland, Shakespeare and the Uprising
Ø  Shakespeare and Anzac
Ø  Shakespeare in Translation
Ø  Shakespeare and Propaganda
Ø  Shakespeare and Memorialisation
Ø  Shakespeare and ‘The Enemy’
Ø  Shakespeare and Morale
Ø  Wartime dramaturgy
Ø  Wartime publications relating to Shakespeare
Ø  Anniversary Culture (including commemorations of the 350th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and 300th anniversary of his death)

Please send proposals of up to 350 words and include your academic affiliation and a brief (100-word) biography. Please use ‘Shakespeare and the Great War’ as a subject-line.

CFP: David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York, U.K. 21-23 July, 2016.

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which profoundly shaped David Jones’s imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment to reconsider the entirety of Jones’s engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined ‘pasts’ through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones’s own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of ‘memory’, ‘inheritance’ and ‘history’ in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones’s own past and contemporary moment.

We welcome papers from scholars and postgraduates of multiple disciplines, including but not limited to: English, History of Art, History, Philosophy, Theology and any others that may offer relevant perspectives to the study of David Jones.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to: davidjonesdialogues@gmail.com

The deadline for paper proposals is 31 January, 2016.

Further information: http://www.firstworldwarstudies.org/blog/post.php?s=2015-10-27-cfp-david-jones-dialogues-with-the-past
Conference website: http://www.davidjonesdialogues.com/