MINI-CONFERENCE World War I’s Hidden Voices and Poppy Retake exhibition

WWI's Hidden Voices Mini-ConferenceWorld War I’s Hidden Voices MINI-CONFERENCE
Saturday 10th February 2018, 1pm – 4.30pm
at Manchester Central Library (First Floor), St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD, UK    Tel. +44 (0)161 234 1983

Advance online booking (FREE) is strongly advised at

The documentary exhibition ‘From The Shadows Of War And Empire‘ finally gives us a full picture of the vast involvement of people from colonised countries in World War One.  ‘The Poppy Retake‘ video art installation looks at how The Great War links with wider themes of war, colonialism, culture and coerced recruitment.  This mini conference is an afternoon of presentations and discussions with a range of speakers who will give us a deeper insight into some the themes from the exhibition.

The West Indies join the War
Washington Alcott, teacher and researcher specialising in African and Caribbean history, will look at the recruitment of West Indian soldiers to the global conflict and its impact on the islands.

Women’s Perspectives from East Africa
Susan Chieni Cookson, a Kenyan born high school teacher and lecturer who has a PhD in gender and education, will explore the impact of World War One on East Africa with the focus on women.

Cultural Representation of World War One and other wars
Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan, Indian-born filmmaker and digital artist, will look at some of the big arts projects that represent World War One, the influence of modern day media and how ‘The Poppy Retake’ came about.

Teaching Hidden Histories in Schools
Dipali Das, British Bengali writer and teacher, has been delivering workshops to primary school children based on Southern Voices’ World War One materials and will discuss her teaching experiences and outcomes.

Community Research from a ‘Southern’ Perspective
Southern Voices will present how they created this exhibition and the difficulties in getting the history ‘right’, plus examples of previous work.  They discuss why we need a ‘Southern Perspective’ at all?

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Mini-Conference flyerWorld War I’s Hidden Voices: an exhibition in two parts exploring India, Africa, the West Indies, colonialism and recruitment, impacts of war and our ongoing culture of war
The Poppy Retake (v3) by Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan  //  From the Shadows of War and Empire by Southern Voices

On show 7th December 2017 – 24th February 2018


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