British academy

CONFERENCE

Cultures of Commemoration:
War Memorials Ancient and Modern

16-17 July 2004
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1

This inter-disciplinary conference offers an important opportunity to explore cultural responses to the commemoration of war dead, ranging from the Greek and Roman civilisations to the practices of the more recent past. The conference brings together experts working on Vietnam, the two World Wars of the twentieth century, post-revolutionary France, nineteenth-century England, Imperial Rome, the Hellenistic World, and Ancient Greece.

Speakers include: Avner Ben-Amos, Angelos Chaniotis, Alison Cooley, Stefan Goebel, Vedia Izzet, Polly Low, John M, Graham Oliver, Larry Tritle, and Alison Yarrington.


PROGRAMME


16 July 2004

10.00

Coffee and registration

Session 1

Chair: P J Rhodes

11.00

Introduction: Cultural histories of commemoration
Graham Oliver (University of Oxford/University of Liverpool)

11.40

The commemoration of war-dead in classical Athens: nature, meanings and contexts
Polly Low (University of Cambridge/University of Manchester)

12.20

Discussion

12.45

Lunch

Session 2

Chair: Robin Osborne

14.00

The ritualized commemoration of war in the Hellenistic Polis
Angelos Chaniotis (University of Heidelberg)

14.40

Public events, private voices: war in funerary epigraphy, imagery and literature in the Hellenistic period
John Ma (University of Oxford)

15.20

Discussion

15.45

Tea

Session 3

Chair: Phil Freeman

16.15

Commemorating the war dead of the Roman world
Alison Cooley (University of Warwick)

16.55

Burying the war dead in Etruria
Vedia Izzet (University of Cambridge)

17.35

Discussion

 

Dinner for speakers and chairmen


17 July 2004

Session 4

Chair: Sarah Tarlow

11.00

Classicising monuments in 18th and 19th century France: the Pantheon and the Arc de Triomphe
Avner Ben-Amos (Tel-Aviv University)

11.40

Cultural memory and the Great War: classicism and medievalism in British and German war memorials
Stefan Goebel (Institute of Historical Research/University of Cambridge)

12.20

Discussion

12.45

Lunch

Session 5

Chair: Ana Carden-Coyne

14.00

Romancing the Stone: monuments to heroes post Waterloo
Alison Yarrington (University of Leicester)

14.40

Monument to defeat: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in American culture and society
Larry Tritle (Loyola Marymount University)

15.20

Discussion

15.45

Tea

16.15

Closing discussion (led by Graham Oliver and Polly Low)

17.00

Conference ends