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MemberAnn Planutis Linder

Literature of the First World War; Propaganda of the First World War (visual and written); European Nationalism; French, German and English literature and culture from 1890 to 1940. I have just retired from nearly 40 years teaching languages at the university and secondary level, and I’m starting a long-anticipated book analyzing WWI propaganda posters in their cultural and historical contexts.

MemberKarla Vanraepenbusch

…UYNE Emmanuel, JULIEN Elise et MEIRLAEN Matthias (dir.), En territoire ennemi 1914-1949. Expériences d’occupation, transferts, héritages. Lille : Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2018, pp. 99-111.

“Olympic Games 1920”, in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2018-01-19.

(with JAUMAIN Serge, VAESEN Joost, BENVINDO Bruno, BOUCHAT Pierre, BOUSMAR Eric, DEGRYSE Iadine, KESTELOOT Chantal a…

Karla Vanraepenbusch is a doctoral student at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She studies the material memory traces of the Belgian cities that were occupied during the First World War, in particular of Antwerp and Liège. Karla Vanraepenbusch has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society (CEGESOMA, State Archives of Belgium), the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts.   Dissertation topic:  Karla examines the cultural memory formation of the First World War in Antwerp and Liège, cities that were occupied by Germany during the war. Her research project is supervised by Professor Dr. Laurence van Ypersele (UCL) and by Dr. Chantal Kesteloot (CEGESOMA). She is the grateful recipient of a BRAIN-be scholarship, issued by BELSPO (the Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy).   Research ethics:  Academic kindness, collaboration and community building

MemberStacy Fahrenthold

…Book 

Stacy D Fahrenthold, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian Diaspora, 1908-1925 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). A social history of transnational political activism in the Syrian and Lebanese diaspora from the Young Turk Revolution through the early French Mandates. Reviewed in Global Change, Peace & Security and The New Arab newspaper. Also recently features on Jadaliyya, the New Books Network, Middle East podcast, and the Ottoman History Podcast.

Public Humanities Writing

“Essential Readings: Emigration from the Le…

Stacy Fahrenthold is a historian of the Middle East, with research specializations on modern Syria and Lebanon, migration, displacement, and the First World War in the Ottoman Empire. She is the author of Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora (Oxford University Press 2019), which was recently awarded the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies and 2019 Syrian Studies Association Book Award. Fahrenthold also publishes on transnational politics in the Middle East and its borderlands, and Arabic-speaking migrants in the Americas. She received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of migration history at the University of California, Davis.

MemberMichael Noble


Committee Member of the First World War Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Network
Member of the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)
Member of the Imperial War Museum’s War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network, funded by Arts Council England
Member of the University of Nottingham Public Engagement Network Executive
Member of the AHRC Connected Communities Professional Services Working Group

…8216;Beyond the Barbed Wire’. Partner: W.Winters Heritage Trust (Derby). An examination of the Kegworth prisoner of war camp 1915-19. Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund. 2018-Present

Co-produced community research project ‘The Nottingham Contingent Officers Training Corps in the First World War’.  Partner: Life Lines Lakeside (Nottingham). An investigation into the role played by Nottingham OTC in the First World War. Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund. 2018-Present…

I am interested in the deployment of academic and scientific expertise in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My doctoral research explores how University College Nottingham responded to the crisis of the First World War and, in particular, how its research staff were recruited or volunteered to contribute their expertise to the war effort. The project examines two strands:

  • The effect of wartime conditions on the College. This strand includes assessments of the absence of male students and staff of military age, the financial implications of these absences and restructuring of the organisation in response.
  • The contribution made by the College to the national war effort. This includes the provision of specialised training courses for military recruits and munitions workers, the use of College buildings and equipment for war work and the contribution of the College’s specialist technical expertise to the war economy. It also includes an assessment of the relationship between the College (and individual researchers) and industrial organisations, such as Cammell Laird, Rolls-Royce and British Dyestuffs Ltd.

I set these effects and contributions in the context not only of the College’s trajectory of development but also of the wider changes in higher education and research in early twentieth century Britain. Project themes include the history of science, state-organised research, the history of education, the First World War, urban networks, technology and innovation.   I have expertise in university-public engagement, including the brokering and management of productive working relationships between researchers and non-university partners; the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement events, both on and off campus; development and administration of co-production research projects and research project management.   I am responsible for project management and community liaison for the Centre for Hidden Histories, an AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre. In this role I have administered over 25 co-production research projects, organised and delivered public outreach events across the UK and established a nationwide network of academic researchers and community leaders. I regularly run history education sessions for primary and secondary school pupils.   In 2016 I organised Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War, a two-day conference that blended academic papers with a showcase of community group projects. I provide advice and consultation for academics and non-university partners interesting in collaboration and co-production.   I am the author of two non-fiction children’s books on historical topics: D-Day: 20 Real Life Stories of the Normandy Invasion (Quarto Kids, 2019) and The Secret Life of Spies (Quarto Kids, 2020)  

MemberRoss Wilson

… ‘Social and Political Reform in York’s Allotment Gardens’, Journal of Urban History 38(4) (731-752).

2012b ‘Death and Burial in the British Army on the Western Front’, War & Society 31(1) (22-41)

2012c ‘Remembering and Forgetting the Great War in New York City’, Journal of First World War Studies 3(1) (87-106).

2013 ‘Volunteering for Service: Digital Co-Curation and the First World War’, International Journal of Digital Heritage Studies 1(4) (519-534).

2014a ‘Seeing and Witnessing: Women and the Great War in Britain’, in G. Clarke (ed.) From Fields to Fa…

Dr Ross Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the History department at the University of Chichester. He holds a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, an MA by Research in Archaeology and History (York, 2004) and a PhD in Archaeology and History (York, 2008). His doctoral thesis examined the experience of British soldiers on the Western Front and the representation of this experience within contemporary politics, media and culture. My research background is varied, taking approaches from archaeology, anthropology, literature and sociology to examine aspects of modern history and its representation in the present. I have research interests in modern British history and the history of the United States and I have written widely on issues of conflict, consumerism, identity, enslavement, literature, museums, heritage, urbanism, landscapes and material culture. In 2012, Routledge published my first book, Landscapes of the Western Front: Materiality during the Great War, which provided an anthropologically-informed examination of the British soldiers on the battlefields of France and Flanders during the First World War. This work then developed into an assessment of how the Great War (1914-1918) is valued and used across contemporary British society. This analysis of cultural history and heritage assesses how individuals and communities use the memory of the conflict to understand current political and social contexts. This work, Cultural Heritage of the Great War in Britain, was published by Routledge in July 2013. I continued my examination of the experience of the First World War with the 2014 publication with Routledge, New York and the First World War: shaping an American city. This work examined how the conflict of 1914-1918 had a dramatic effect on the citizens of New York, ensuring that a city of immigrants, which was perceived as a potential threat within the wider United States, was reformed during the war as a metropolis which was dedicated to the principles of the nation. In 2016, I published The Language of the Past with Bloomsbury. This study examined how we use references to the past to establish ideas and values in the present. From dinosaurs, cavemen, Egyptian pharaohs, Roman Emperors, medieval feudalism, Victorian culture and the Wild West, we incorporate the past as a metaphor, allusion or simile to guide us towards the future within contemporary society. I have developed my work within heritage studies and modern history with a book with Routledge in 2017, Natural History: heritage, place and politics. This assessed how the representation of natural history in museums, heritage sites, the media and within popular discourse, can be used to address how we relate to and understand our environment. In conjunction with this research, I have also been involved with the 1807 Commemorated project at the University of York which provided one of the major assessments of the marking of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in British museums in 2007. This work was published by Routledge in 2011 as Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums: Ambiguous Engagements. My current research examines the history and heritage of health and safety, the media representation and memory of the First World War, the history of New York, the role of ‘natural heritage’, digital heritage, memory studies and the role of museums and heritage sites as a mode of social and political reform.

MemberMark D. Larabee

…alism, exploration and empire, or imperialism

Front Lines of Modernism: Remapping the Great War in British Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Publisher website. Amazon. Barnes and Noble. Bookshop.org.

This book shows how British authors used landscape description to shape the meaning of the First World War. Using a broad range of critically neglected materials, it reexamines modernist and traditional writing to reveal how various modes of topographical representation allowed authors to construct healing responses to the war.

Articles and book chapters

“Guano, Globalization,…

Mark D. Larabee is formerly Associate Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland), where he taught English and ethics, and served as Associate Chair of the English Department, after many years at sea. Since 2009 he has served as Executive Editor of Joseph Conrad Today (the official publication of the Joseph Conrad Society of America). His latest book is The Historian’s Heart of Darkness (2018), a new edition of Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece that presents Conrad’s fiction as a guide to social and cultural history. His previous book is Front Lines of Modernism (2011), about how British authors used landscape description to shape the meaning of the First World War. He has also published numerous articles on Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Yasunari Kawabata, World War I art and literature, travel writing, and teaching. His writing and research have won national awards, and he is the first-ever recipient of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Military Professor Teaching Excellence Award. He holds a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Washington. (Profile photo: Frederick Judd Waugh, Under the Full Moon. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

MemberChristopher S. Rose

…Unpublished Work:

“Implications of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920) for the History of Early 20th Century Egypt,” Journal of World History (accepted; tentatively scheduled for Volume 32: Issue 2, 2021).
“Food, Hunger, and Rebellion: Egypt in the First World War and its Aftermath,” in Justin Nordstrom, ed., Battlefields and Homefronts: Expanding Boundaries in Food and Warfare, 1840-1990 (peer reviewed; full volume accepted by University of Arkansas press).
Review of Shana Minkin, “Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, Egypt.” H-EMPIRE (forthcoming).

Christopher S. Rose is a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East. He earned his doctorate in History from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2019. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Historical Studies at UT for the 2019-20 year. He has taught as a Lecturer in the Department of History (spring 2020) and Assistant Instructor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (summer 2017) at the University of Texas, and as an adjunct instructor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for five semesters in 2017-2019. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he acquired nearly two decades of administrative experience at the University of Texas. His monograph project, tentatively titled Home Front Egypt: Famine, Disease, and Death during the Great War, describes how price control systems intended to ensure an adequate supply of food for the Egyptian population during the World War I (1914-1918) were neutralized by requisitions of labor and foodstuffs, a situation that resulted in inflation, food shortages, and starvation among civilians. Using demographic and statistical data, he argues that malnutrition facilitated the rapid spread of disease throughout the country, killing more people than military action. The ‘Spanish’ influenza pandemic alone claimed over 150,000 lives — over one percent of Egypt’s population — in the last two months of 1918 (an article about the pandemic in Egypt is forthcoming in the Journal of World History). He is exploring the broader global colonial experience of the First World War for a second project. His other research interests include the formative period of Islam from Muhammad until the rise of the Umayyads; the history and development of Fustat/Cairo; Islamic North Africa and Spain (al-Andalus); and the spread of cultural traits outward from the Middle East through trade networks (Silk Route, Mediterranean, Atlantic). Dr. Rose is active as a public historian. He founded the podcast 15 Minute History and served as co-host for eight years, and is currently immediate past-president (2018 – 2020) of the Middle East Outreach Council. Chris also has significant experience in educator training, particularly working with world history and world geography educators. He has conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-written several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and escorted numerous groups of educators to the Middle East.