Public lecture: Lest we forget? – Britain’s Internment Camps of the Great War

  • Professor Stefan Manz looks at the way we choose to remember the First World War
  • The lecture will explain how a range of public engagement activities could be used to help commemorate the thousands of civilians who were interned into camps throughout the British Empire

How do we choose to remember the Great War? How can public engagement activities be used to help commemorate the civilians who were interned into camps throughout the British Empire?

These are the questions that Stefan Manz, Professor of German and Global History, will seek to answer in his public lecture at Aston University on Tuesday 21 January.

Drawing on his research into global history, Professor Manz will explain how a range of public engagement activities could be used to help commemorate the tens of thousands of civilians who were interned into camps throughout the British Empire during the First World War.

As Professor Manz explains: “During the Great War, Britain interned 50,000 civilians in camps throughout the Empire. These were German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian nationals who had moved to Empire locations before 1914 and were now classified as ‘enemy aliens’. They play no part in official commemoration of the First World War.

After reconstructing their history, the lecture introduces a range of public engagement activities which aim to redress this imbalance.”

Professor Manz joined the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University in 2008 after working at the University of Greenwich in London.

He holds an MA in History, German and Pedagogics from Freiburg University and a PhD from Durham University. His monograph on German diasporic nationalism during the nineteenth century was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. Professor Manz is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, an executive committee member of the Association for Germans Studies and co-director of the Midlands German Network.

The event will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 21st January in room G11 at Aston University. It is free to attend, open to all and includes a drinks reception and an opportunity to network after the lecture.

To book, visit the Eventbrite page

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