First World War in Africa – 28 November, Ireland

If anyone is able to attend this event on Thursday, please send in a summary – I (Anne) am unable to attend, as I’m sure many others are. The speakers are highly recommended. Thanks, Anne.

Workshop and Annual Lecture of the Centre for War Studies, TCD, Thursday, 28th November 2013

Workshop: ‘Africa and the Great War: the Feedback Effects.’ Trinity Long Room Hub, Hoey Theatre: 14h00-17h50

Historians are increasingly adopting transnational perspectives in order to re-write the history of the Great War – a global history for a world war. This entails deconstructing the Euro-centric visions of the conflict that have prevailed for too long. After Europe, perhaps no continent was so much affected by the war as Africa, which sent soldiers, workers, and supplies on a large scale to theatres of war in Europe and the Middle East, but which also saw fighting in Africa itself. If a good deal of attention has been paid to the role of African soldiers overseas, rather less has been devoted to the ‘feedback’ effects of the war on the different parts of Africa. The aim of this workshop is to explore by means of brief papers and extended discussion the impact of the war on the experience of ordinary Africans, and on economic, social, cultural and political developments on the continent during, and as a result of, the Great War. Two papers will focus on North Africa, two on sub-Saharan Africa.

• James Kitchen (Sandhurst): Egypt
• John Horne (Trinity College Dublin): Algeria
• Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses (NUI Maynooth): Portuguese Africa
• David Killingray (emeritus, Goldsmiths College, London): East Africa
• Bill Nasson (Stellenbosch University): concluding remarks.

The workshop will be followed by the Annual ‘War in History’ lecture of the Centre for War Studies, Arts Building, Emmet Theatre, 19:30:

Professor Bill Nasson, Stellenbosch University, South Africa:
Dominion with a Difference? South Africa in the Great War.

Professor Bill Nasson is one of the leading historians of twentieth century South Africa and of Africa as a whole during the Great War, on both of which he has published widely. Educated at the universities of Hull, York and Cambridge, he taught for many years at the University of Cape Town, before moving to Stellenbosch University. Among his books on South Africa and war are Springboks on the Somme: South Africa and the Great War 1914-1918 (Johannesburg, Penguin, 2007) and The War for South Africa: The Anglo-Boer War,1899-1902 (Cape Town, Tafelberg 2010).

Great War in Africa Conference: 8-9 November Programme available

The Great War in Africa Conference Programme is now available.
To book a place at the conference, please complete the attached registration form and email it to Anne.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes

8 November 2013
9am-5pm Research Day at The National Archives
Doors open at 9am, if you are hoping to see original documents, you will need a Reader’s ticket. See for details. You won’t be able to pre-order documents without a ticket but you can identify those you want to order. It takes about 40 minutes for documents to arrive once ordered. For further assistance, contact Anne.

6pm onwards Dinner at Coach and Horses, 5 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 6PT
Menu: Traditional English fare
Anticipated cost: £20 per person

Saturday 9 November

9.30-10.00 – Registration
10.00-10.40 – Welcome & Introductions
11.40-11.20 – Harry Fecitt The war in Africa
11.20-11.40 – Bjarne Bendtsen Scandinavians fighting for the Belgians in Africa during the First World War
11.40-12.20 – Kevin Patience Konigsberg

12.20-1.00 – LUNCH Displays and promotions

1.00-1.40 – Alex Balm A claw in the attic: William Holdsworth Townsend’s service
1.40-2.00 – Jon Nesselhuf General Lettow-vorbeck’s Conventional Reforms to the Schutztruppe
2.00-2.20 – Keith Langridge 6KAR
2.20-2.40 – Discussion

2.40-3.10 – TEA & Story Swop Displays and sharing of interests

3.10-3.50 – Graça Barradas Rediscovering the Archive of the Portuguese Military Expedition to Mozambique: New Sources to the History of the Great War in East Africa
3.50-4.30 – Christopher Hill Spicer Simson – The story behind the African Queen
4.30-5.00 – Wrap up

GWEAA Conference, 8-9 November 2013

The second GWEAA conference will take place on 9 November 2013 at The National Archives, Kew, London (same place as last year).

At the request of many, we will have a conference research day on Friday 8 November for those who wish to access archival material whilst in London (details below). On the Friday evening, there will be an opportunity for everyone to meet at The Coach & Horses between Berkeley Sq. & Bond St. (max 5 mins walk from Bond St / Oxford Circus & Green Park tube / bus stops).

Given the centrality of the East Africa campaign to the Great War in Africa more generally, there will, pending interest, be a second strand of talks dealing with the Great War in other African theatres.

As there is no pre-determined theme for the day, topics relating to any aspect of the campaigns in Africa are welcomed.

If you would like to present a paper or talk on 9 November, please send a short overview to Anne at thesamsonsed[@]
Papers and talks will be published following the conference event.

In order to cover the costs for 9 November, there will be a charge of £60 for participants and attendees. This includes lunch and refreshments during the day. There will be an additional small charge for the event on Friday evening 8 November for those wishing to attend. This will be advised in due course, as will details on how to book your place at the conference.

Research Day
If you would like to participate in the research day on 8 November, please let me know which of the archives (The National Archives or Imperial War Museum) you plan to visit. This will enable me to let you have the necessary information to access the collections (the two archives have different booking and entry requirements). There will be someone from the GWEAA at each venue to welcome members and to arrange a common place for those wishing to meet over lunch that day.

To book your place at the conference, please complete the GWEA Registration 2013 form.