American Wars, American Memory

Event date
Event time
10:30 - 17:30
Rothermere American Institute
1A South Parks Road
Venue details

Seminar Room

Event type
Courses and workshops
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop considering the distinctively American practices and politics of war

Funded by the British Association of American Studies and the US Embassy

Free and open to all, including lunch, coffee and a wine reception. Please register and join us!


10:30 Participants arrive (coffee)

10:45 - 12:45 Postgraduate and ECR Morning Seminar on Live Commemoration:

  • Kristin O’Donnell (Brighton) - “History might as well be water, chastising this shore”: Disappearing Sites of Memory in Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea
  • Jan Tattenberg (Oxford) - Germans at the Cenotaph! Nationalism on the Armistice Centenary
  • Dr. Layla Renshaw (Kingston) - on the commemorations of migrant deaths

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:00 Brief Introduction to the Series - Dr. Alice Kelly

14:00 - 15:30 Roundtable on American War Memory (Chair: Dr Ashley Garber)

  • Professor Robert Cook (Sussex) - Union Veterans and the Fading Struggle to Remember the War of the Rebellion
  • Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin) - Remembering America's Great War a Hundred Years On: the Pershing Park Project
  • Dr Sam Edwards (Manchester Metropolitan) - World War II and American Memory Diplomacy

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee

16:00 - 17:30 Keynote: Sarah Wagner - Bringing Them Home: The Identification and Commemoration of Vietnam War MIAs
(Chair: Dr Layla Renshaw)

17:30 - 18:30 Wine Reception