Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2014
Date: 31 October-2 November 2014
Venue: Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park
Cost: £100 per person
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Each year the Department of International History organises a weekend event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The aim is to allow students and staff to explore a broad historical theme in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. This year’s subject is the highly topical theme of war, history and remembrance. Not only are massive world conflicts being commemorated this year but historians are showing as never before how past commemorations and public understanding of world conflict have been affected by the contexts, cultures and politics of memorialisation. Today we also have an unprecedented array of sources and mediums to help us deconstruct the meanings of past trauma and loss in the present.
The conference in effect will be kick-offed by Cambridge’s Professor David Reynolds who will be giving the LSE-CWGC Remembrance Lecture on this theme on Thursday, 29 October. Drawing on his epic and well received BBC series Professor Reynolds will set out key issues for us to debate.
But why not then take a short break from the intensity of term and the bustle of central London and escape to the country to relax and unwind the autumnal setting of Windsor Great Park. At Cumberland Lodge over a weekend, there will be a number of relaxed seminar-style sessions, during which members of staff will offer talks and answer questions about war and conflict and the politics of commemoration.
In line with the massive surge in popular interest in war and commemoration we are delighted to have with us the BBC documentary makers responsible for the most talked about programme on the first world war - the iconic interviews of WW1 survivors from 1964. Not only do we have the programme makers for 2014 but also the programme maker who carried out the original interviews. Finally we also have the internationally renowned war artist John Keane, to show us how an artist deals with representing violence and death. John was the official war artist in the first Gulf War and his portraiture of figures as the centre of conflict and its resolution have won him critical acclaim.
On Sunday, participants can also attend the Royal Chapel where the Queen regularly attends. Cumberland Lodge will thus provide a fitting setting for an in-depth analysis of war and memory on the eve of Armistice.
In addition to our seminar-style sessions, there is plenty of free time for further historical debate on long walks in the park or in the Lodge’s fine drawing rooms. There will also be time to meet your fellow students, guest speakers and staff members at meals and in the bar.
The weekend provides students with the opportunity to explore the Great Park and attend a service at the Royal Chapel at Windsor on Sunday morning.
The cost of the weekend is £100 per person. This includes coach transport to and from Cumberland Lodge, room and board.
Students who wish to attend should register via London School of Economics Online Store (eShop) from Wednesday 8 October (weblink to be circulated via e-mail).
Past themes have varied in content from alliances to civil war to the movement of ideas between nations. The programmes for some of the past events are provided below (in .pdf format):
"It was a wonderful conference and I had a great time talking with other students and professors during our stay. It was definitely a fun and educational weekend! There were amazing and thought provoking speakers and the topic was extremely satisfying."
Alex Penler (2014-2015)
Msc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation
"It was such a rejuvenating way to break up the term. I got to know people I would never have otherwise met. I'm really grateful to have gotten the opportunity."
Chantal Berendsen (2014-2015)
MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation
"It was a privilege to hear such a top quality, diverse array of speakers (...) it provided plenty of food for thought - both for studying the Great War and other topics too."
Hamish McDougall (2014-2015)
MSc History of International Relations