In March 2018, we held our first one day workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed, inclusive and reflected the mix of speakers and delegates who had a range of interests – to escapes from camp through to the transgenerational effects of the captive experience.
A short report summarising each talk on the day is available to downoad here.
We’ve received a lot of really positive feedback about the workshop, and we’re pleased that the format worked well for everybody involved. We are making plans to organise the next one, so do keep an eye out for future news.
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of former FEPOW, Tom Boardman. Tom was a POW in Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway. It was whilst a POW that Tom made a ukulele, fashioned out of Red Cross boxes and telegraph lines – leading singalongs around the fire at night in camp, to keep up morale and entertain his fellow men. You can hear him singing ‘Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone’ whilst playing that very ukulele by clicking this link.
Tom’s ukulele took pride of place in the Imperial War Museum, and was one of the objects used to commemorate the musem’s centenary in 2017. Most of you will remember Tom as a stalwart of our conferences and meetings. He even put in a guest appearance on Sunday afternoon in June last year. Always smiling, kind, wise and a true witness, he will be missed by many.
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).
Our latest newsletter is now available online: RFHG Newsletter
This issue includes news on the launch of our next conference in July 2017 (download a registration form here: RFHC2017RegistrationForm), plus updates on FEPOW research projects, book updates and news on Cambridge University’s Changi digitistion project.
If you have any articles, project updates or news that you would like us to include in the next issue – contact us, we’d love to hear from you!