Programme du colloque ‘Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918–1945–1989’, University of Birmingham, 23-24 September 2010

‘Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918–1945–1989’

Keynote speakers: Jay Winter (Yale); Mary Fulbrook (UCL)

23-24 September 2010, Centre for Professional Development, University of Birmingham

Hosted by: European Research Institute; Graduate Centre for Europe; Centre for First World War Studies, with the generous support of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence

Registration Deadline: 27 August 2010 – see registration details below



9.00 – 9.30 Registration and Coffee

9.30 – 11.00 Session 1

Martin Hurcombe (University of Bristol), ‘The Haunting of Roland D.: The First World War Dead in the Writings of Roland Dorgelès’

Nicholas Martin (University of Birmingham), ‘The Magic Mountain in the German Literary Landscape after the First World War’

11.00 – 11.30 Tea / Coffee

11.30 – 1.00 Session 2

Tara Windsor (University of Birmingham), ‘Between Cultural Conflict and Cultural Contact: German Writers, Cultural Diplomacy and the Legacies of the First World War’

Stephen Forcer (University of Birmingham), ‘Beyond Mental: Avant-garde Culture and War’

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Session 3

John Paul Newman (University College Dublin), ‘Times of Death: The First World War and Serbia’s Twentieth Century’

Geoffrey Swain (University of Glasgow), ‘Politicising Commemoration in Twentieth-Century Latvia’

3.30 – 4.00 Tea / Coffee

4.00 – 5.30 Session 4

Gabriela Popa (European University Institute, Florence), ‘Challenging the “Sacred”: Symbolic Appropriation of the Second World War Monuments in post-Soviet Moldova’

Sabine Lee (University of Birmingham), ‘The Human Legacy: Children Born of War and Occupation during and after the Second World War’

5.45 – 7.00 Keynote Address

Jay Winter (Yale University), ‘The Social Construction of Silence’

7.30 Conference Dinner (speakers only)


9.15 Tea / Coffee

9.45 – 11.00 Keynote Address

Mary Fulbrook (University College London), ‘Generations and the ruptures of 1918, 1945, and 1989 in Germany’

11.00 – 11.30 Tea / Coffee

11.30 – 1.00 Session 5

Steffen Prauser (University of Birmingham), ‘Veterans of the Second World War in the so-called collective memory in Germany and Italy after 1945’

Dan Todman (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Richard Titmuss, Problems of Social Policy and the British Construction of the Second World War’

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Session 6

Joanne Sayner (University of Birmingham), ‘Politics and Pedagogy: Educating the Educators of Memory’

Mary Cosgrove (University of Edinburgh), ‘Circumspection or Competition? War Memories in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Heimsuchung (2008)’

3.30 – 4.00 Tea / Coffee

4.00 – 5.30 Session 7

Olivier Compagnon (Université Paris III), ‘Centre and Peripheries of War: Reflections on the Latin American Experience in the Twentieth Century’

Aaron Moore (University of Manchester), ‘To Defile a Sacred Memory: Japanese Peace and War Museums in a Comparative Framework’


If you wish to attend the conference, you must register via the link below. This includes members of the University of Birmingham, for whom attendance is free of charge.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of registrations is Friday 27 August 2010.

Conference Fees:

Both Days: £40.00 (Waged); £10.00 (Unwaged)

1 Day: £20.00 (Waged); £5.00 (Unwaged)

Registration page

Please address any enquiries to the conference organiser, Nick Martin.


Dr Nicholas Martin

Reader in European Intellectual History

Director, Graduate Centre for Europe

Department of German Studies

University of Birmingham

GB-Birmingham B15 2TT


T +44 121 41 46176


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