Final Programme

Monday November 4th:

11h30-12: Introductions and welcome by the organizing team & the Province of West-Flanders

Coffee/Tea Break

13-15: Panel 1 – Visual and cultural representations of disabled soldiers (Chair: Pieter Verstraete)

  • Alexandre Sumpf  (Université de Strasbourg, France) : Les invalides à l’écran: Mémoire et oubli de la Grande Guerre dans le cinema russe et soviétique, 1914-1940
  • Gary Haines (Birkbeck College, UK) : Sargent, Galsworthy, Lawrence and the ‘Cancelled’ soldier: The visual and cultural representation of the blinded British soldier of the Great War
  • Emily Rootham (Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland): The visual representation of the Scottish disabled ex-serviceman during the interwar period: Conflicts of identity
  • Axel Tixhon (Université de Namur, Belgium) : Le corps en ruines : Les invalides dans la presse illustrée de la Grande Guerre

Coffee/Tea Break

15h30-17h30: Panel 2 – Experiences and politics of shell-shock (Chair: Julie Anderson)

  • Christine Van Everbroeck (Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, Belgium):War-related psychiatric distress, as treated by the Belgian campaign army, 1914-1918
  • Sabine Kienitz (University of Hamburg, Germany): Brains, habitus and narratives: The everyday life approach in the rehabilitation of the brain injured soldiers (WWI/WWII)
  • Dee Hoole (University of Aberdeen, UK): ‘The abode of madness’: Soldiers in the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1914-1918
  • Alice Brumby (University of Huddersfield, UK): ‘Disoriented in time, space and identity’: Understanding the experience of institutionalisation as told by the mentally disabled war veterans in post-war Yorkshire, 1924-1931

18h00-19h15: Dinner

19h30: Meeting at Menin-Gate with Last Post Association

20h00: Last post ceremony

Tuesday November 5th:

8h30-10h30: Panel 3 – The politics of wounds (Chair: Martina Salvante)

  • Nurseli Yesim Sünbüloglu (University of Sussex, UK): Rehabilitation of the disabled veterans of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey: Social and political implications
  • Ana Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester, UK): The politics of wounds: Military patients and medical power in the First World War
  • Kate MacDonald (Ghent University, Belgium): Political war wounds in post-First World War popular fiction
  • Julie Anderson (University of Kent, UK): A spectacle of cure: royalty, hospitals and disabled servicemen in Britain in the First World War

Coffee/Tea Break

11-12h30: Key note lecture (Prof. Michael Roper): The long Great War: Psychological legacies across the century.

Coffee/Tea Break

14h30-18h30: Guided tour in Flanders fields: Ypres, 14h30 [Bus: 15 minutes] Zonnebeke, Tyne Cot Cemetery, 14h50 until 15h30 [Bus: 30 minutes] Poperinge, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, 16h until 17h [Bus: 10 minutes] Poperinge, Talbot House, 17h10 until 18h10 [Bus: 20 minutes] Ypres, 18h30

19h30: Dinner (Declamation of war poetry by Chris Spriet)

Wednesday November 6th:

8h30-10h30: Panel 4 – Inter-war experiences of disabled service-men (Chair: Julie Anderson)

  • Clément Collard (Centre d’Histoire des Sciences Po): From Soldiers to Citizens: Disabled Veterans of WW1 in France, between Rehabilitation and Solidarity
  • Wendy Gagen: Moments of categorization: the male body and war pensions in Britain
  • Nils Löffelbein (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany): ‘Citizens of honor’ – The disabled veterans of the First World War and the national-socialism
  • Floortje Haspeslagh & Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven, Belgium): The mutilated Belgian: An analysis of the invalid Belgian Soldier’s image in the newspaper: ‘De Belgische verminkte’, 1917-1940

Coffee/Tea Break

11-12h30: Panel 5 – Crossing the self: prosthesis and self-advocacy of blinded WW1 soldiers (Chair: Pieter Verstraete)

  • Martina Salvante (Trinity College, Ireland): Aurelio Nicolodi and the war blinded in Florence
  • Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven, Belgium): The bird of solidarity: Mutilated soldiers and educational heritage
  • Monika Baar (University of Groningen, The Netherlands): The impact of the Great War on the Human-Animal Bond: Blind veterans and their guide dogs in Interwar Germany

Coffee/Tea Break

14h-15h30: Panel 6 – Bodies and faces of war (Chair: Martina Salvante)

  • Kerry Neale (Australian War Memorial): Disabled, disfigured or both? Exploring the post-war experiences of facially disfigured Great War soldiers
  • Melanie Ruff (Institute for the History of Medicine, Germany): ‘repulsive and disfigured’: from medical discourses on face injured man to the Imperial Supply Act of 1920
  • Katherinne Healey (California State University, USA)

15h30-16: Concluding remarks

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