This conference is a joint venture between postgraduates at Kings College London and the University of Essex, to be held at Kings College London on the 24-25 June, 2009.
The broad objective of this two-day symposium is to bring together leading postgraduate students who are working on non-military heroism and to provide an opportunity for them to present and discuss their research. Here, they will be able to examine and engage with how heroism has been historically conceived, constructed, defined and judged. This environment will allow the students to position their own research within the wider theoretical field, develop their understanding of non-military heroism in a historical context and broaden their knowledge of research materials and analytical approaches.
This innovative and collaborative symposium will also bring together students with representatives from the leading contemporary organisations concerned with defining, assessing and recognising non-military heroism. These representatives will be invited to listen to the academic papers, give a presentation on the work of their organisation and, most importantly, participate in roundtable discussion sessions. This collaboration between research students and contemporary organisations will provide a range of exciting and dynamic opportunities.
This symposium will feature a keynote lecture from Dr Max Jones (University of Manchester) author of The Last Great Quest, a study of the polar explorer Captain R.F Scott.
Proposals for papers of c.20 minutes are welcomed from postgraduate research students. Imaginative and creative approaches to the theme of heroes and heroism are welcomed but subject matter must be limited to non-military heroism. Proposals of c.500 words should be sent to:
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