'The British Empire & The Great War' conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Posted on centenarynews.com on 14 June 2013
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is to host a conference exploring the colonial societies and cultural response within the British Empire to the First World War.

The Centenary conference will consider "the social and cultural reactions within these distant, often overlooked, societies now thrust into the mainstream of modern industrial conflict, which is the focus of this conference".

The keynotes speakers for the conference are:

Tim Barringer,

John M. MacKenzie,

Professor Sir Hew Strachan,

Jay Winter

A call for papers has also been issued, which focuses on 31 themes, including:

Cultural reflection, formation, creation and deception

Indigenous and diaspora responses

Constructions of the English and / or British Empire

The organisers are "especially interested in papers which allow a decentralisation of socio-cultural analysis away from the more predictable metropolitan perspective (and away from the monolithic notion of empire) to focus instead on contrasts and complementarities of ideology throughout the geographical and ethnic extremes of both the 'formal' and 'informal' empire".

"From Singapore to Australia, Cyprus to Ireland, India to Jamaica, and around the rest of the British imperial world, further complexities and interlocking themes will be addressed".

The conference will be held on the 19th-22nd February 2014 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

To find out more about the conference, visit the Nanyang Technological University website here.

To view the call for papers, click here.

Images courtesy of the Nanyang Technological University website

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News