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Newcastle University. Conference: The Global Challenge of Peace: 1919 as a Contested Threshold to a New World Order

17 May 2019 @ 12:30 - 18 May 2019 @ 16:00





Free admission, please register:

Organised by Labour and Society Research Group and Conflict and Revolution Research Strand of Newcastle University


Friday 17 May 2019

12.30 – 13.00     Registration and Coffee

13.00 – 14.30     Panel 1: The Dynamics of Contention in 1919, Chair: TBC

Jacopo Perazzoli (University of Milan): The General Strike of July 1919: Lenin, Wilson and their Influences on Italian Socialism

Jude Murphy (WEA) and Nigel Todd (WEA): How did military/civilian dynamics shape matters with the return and demobilisation of millions of military personnel?

Gordon J Barclay and Louise Heren (Independent Scholars): The Battle for George Square, 1919: myth, memory and reality in Red Clydeside

14.30– 15.00      Tea and Coffee

 15.00 – 15.45     Keynote Lecture – Chair: Máire Cross

Professor Tyler Stovall (University of California, Santa Cruz): The Black and the Red:  the Elaine, Arkansas Massacre of 1919.

 16.00 – 17.30     Panel 2:     Contentious Politics from Below, Chair: TBC

Professor Claudia Baldoli (University of Milan): “Do as in Russia”: The Italian Peasant Movement in 1919

Matt Perry (Newcastle University): The 1919 mutinies in the French Armed Forces: Colonialism, Ethnicity and the Remaking of the French left

Professor Máire Cross (Newcastle University): Blessed are the peacemakers! The presence of ideas of nineteenth-century French socialists in twentieth-century pacifism

Reception / Dinner


Saturday 18 May 2019: ARMB 2.16

09.30 – 11.00     Panel 3: Colonialism and Race  

Chair: Joe Redmayne

Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle University): Sylvia Pankhurst in 1919: Feminism, communism, and Interwar Internationalism

Paul Griffin and Elizabeth Martin (Northumbria University): The “Race Riots” of 1919: Within and Beyond Exceptional Moments in Glasgow and South Shields

Willow Berridge (Newcastle University): Iraqi Perspective on Gertrude Bell

 11.00 – 11.30     Tea and Coffee

11.30 – 13.00     Panel 4: Reaction and Non-Reaction

Chair: Rob Dale

Christopher Loughlin (Newcastle University): The Forward March of Reactionary Working-Class Politics? Democratic Authoritarianism and “Modernity” in Britain and Ireland, 1919

Professor Tim Kirk (Newcastle University): 1919: Revolution, Counter-revolution and Fascism in Austria.

Jeffrey Johnson (Providence College): The “Soviet Ark” in Context: The Buford and the Anti-Radicalism of 1919

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch

14.00 – 15.30     Panel 5: Transnational Interactions in 1919

Chair: Matt Perry

Sarah Hellawell (Sunderland University): Women as Peacemakers: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Zurich, 1919

Megan Trudell (Newcastle University): Soldiers, Veterans and Volunteers for Gabriele D’annunzio’s occupation of Fiume

Estela Rukseniene (Independent Scholar): British Military Missions as Intermediaries between Western Europe and Lithuania in 1919-1920s.

15.30 – 16.00              Closing Comments (Rob Dale)


17 May 2019 @ 12:30
18 May 2019 @ 16:00


Room 2.16. Armstrong Building
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QB