In the light of the growing worldwide uncertainty around the Coronavirus outbreak and its potential impact specifically upon the U.K. over the coming months, as well as in response to some concerns expressed by our delegates and speakers, the Researching FEPOW History Group has regrettably decided that we need to postpone the conference scheduled for June 2020. We have deliberated long and hard over this decision and we also consulted with our hosts, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
This news is of course very disappointing for everyone, especially in this 75th VJ Day anniversary year. However, with the growing uncertainty and anxiety expressed by some of the conference participants who have existing health concerns, we have little choice. We do not wish to put anyone at risk and we cannot run the conference without the required number of delegates and – of course – our team of expert speakers.
The good news is that the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have agreed to host the postponed conference in June 2021 (the precise dates to be confirmed). We very much hope that everyone who had planned to attend the conference in June 2020 will be able to join us next year. More news will be posted on the Researching FEPOW History website https://fepowhistory.com/blog (https://fepowhistory.com/blog/)/ as soon as we have the details for 2021. Emails to all the delegates and speakers have been sent.
We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding and we very much hope to see you in Liverpool in June 2021.
-The organising team of the Researching FEPOW History conference
IMPORTANT UPDATE HERE
Making and marking memory: widening perspectives on Far East captivity
5 – 7 June 2020, Liverpool
Co-hosted by the Researching FEPOW History Group (RFHG) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), our 7th international conference will focus on the stories and creativity that sustained prisoners, internees and forced labourers throughout captivity. We will also look at the made, recorded and preserved memories that subsequent generations have drawn upon in their own responses to this rich and moving history. In doing so, we will look for different perspectives and new voices to shed light on all that is yet to learn about – and from – the experiences of captivity, internment and forced labour across Southeast Asia and the Far East.
Taking place during the 75th anniversary year of liberation, and in conjunction with LSTM’s Art of Survival exhibition, the conference will encourage delegates to think of the objects, poems, artworks, and stories that resonated with prisoners and enabled their narratives to endure for many decades post-war.
Located at The Liner Hotel and LSTM buildings in the beautiful city of Liverpool, speakers already confirmed include: award-winning novelist Mark Dapin, acclaimed history writer Damien Lewis, representatives from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, British Red Cross, Imperial War Musem, the WarGen history project plus many more family researchers, academics, photographers and writers.
Hope to see you there!
Two FEPOW research dates for your diaries….!
Captivity, internment and forced labour across the Far East during the Second World War.
Institute of Historical Research, London
10 June 2019
If you would like the chance to speak at our next workshop, please send a 200 word summary of your proposed talk to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 January 2019.
- Talks are welcomed from relatives of former prisoners/internees, undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, cultural institutions and museums, as well as members of the wider public.
- Registration will open in January 2019!
For more details, see our website: https://fepowhistory.com/call-for-papers/
The 7th International FEPOW History Conference
5 – 7 June 2020
What you need to know:
Co-hosted by the Researching FEPOW History Group (RFHG) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), our next conference will take place during the 75th anniversary year of liberation in conjunction with LSTM’s Art of Survival exhibition.
- An exciting line-up of speakers already confirmed, including acclaimed history writers, historians, novelists, photographers, museums, libraries and archives.
- Places will be limited — be ready for booking to open in Spring 2019!
Keep an eye on https://fepowhistory.com/ for our guest blogs, and future announcements!
RFHG are delighted to be co-organising a one-day workshop, to be held at the University of Leeds on 19 March 2018. We really interested to hear from potential speakers – particularly anybody working in ‘new’ or understudied geographies and themes related to the experience (or memory) of captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War.
Future Memories: Where next for Far East Prisoner of War studies?
19 March 2018
University of Leeds
in partnership with Researching FEPOW History Group (RFHG)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Drawing on the broad theme of captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East, this one-day symposium aims to be a ‘seed’ event for larger projects planned to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (2020).
Proposals are invited for 15-minute papers covering, but not limited to, the following topics:
- New perspectives, including transgenerational memory, perpetration, reconciliation, marginalised or ‘secret’/‘forgotten’ histories, influence of the Far Eastern experience on subsequent POWs in Korea and Vietnam
- Geographies and communities, including lesser-known geographies of captivity, military POWs, romushas, civilian internees, ‘comfort’ women
- Impact and engagement, including educational initiatives, exhibitions or memorial work, the role of third-sector organisations in developing impact,
- Making and marking memory, through life-writing, fictional depictions of Far Eastern captivity, creative responses, transnational connections
Please submit 250-word abstracts plus a 50-word biography to Emily Sharp (email@example.com) by 4 February 2018. We will notify you of acceptance by 15 February at the latest.
Postgraduate and early career bursaries
To support the work of early career researchers in the field, a limited number of bursaries will be available from RFHG to contribute towards the travel expenses of PGR/ECR speakers. Please note in your submission if you would like to be considered for a bursary, and why you think you should be offered one.
For all enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download the Call for Papers here.
The report from our ‘Legacies of Captivity’ conference, 9 – 12 June 2017, is now available to download here.
On behalf of the team, thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and delegates who made the weekend so memorable.
We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the conference launch…However, it does mean that we only have a few places remaining for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference. It’s all taking place in Liverpool, 9 – 11 June 2017…
Just some of our confirmed speakers include:
Jeya Jeyadurai (Changi Museum, Singapore)
Jon Cooper (TAAP)
John Cardwell and Emma Nichols (University of Cambridge)
Anne Wheeler (A War Story)
Stephen Walton (IWM)
Frank Taylor (Borneo tours)
Rod Beattie (Thai-Burma Railway Centre)
Flora Chong (ALPHA Education, Toronto)
It’s sure to be fabulous – don’t miss it!!! To make sure of your place, you can download a registration form here.
There are still places available for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference – but do send in your reigstration form as soon as you can!
A great range of international experts will be covering Singapore, Thailand, Borneo, exciting new digitisation projects, the effects of PTSD on veterans and their families and much, more more – we really do hope that you can join us for what promises to be another inspiring, moving and fascinating weekend.
‘For me a lot of the value in the RFHG conferences have been the small snippets of information & new ideas where to look – as well of course building relationships over time with people’ (Walter Tuttlebee).