Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Roper

Professor Michael Roper is a social and cultural historian of twentieth-century Britain based in the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is currently working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project about childhood and family legacies of the Great War in Britain, and is also researching the war’s impact across three generations of his family in Australia. He is a Co-investigator in the University of Hertfordshire’s AHRC/HLF Engagement Centre, ‘Everyday Lives in the First World War’, and, in collaboration with the reminiscence organisation Age Exchange and Dr Rachel Duffett, has recently completed a study of First World War commemoration among descendants in Britain and Germany.

Dr Fiona Reid

Dr Fiona Reid is based at Newman University in Birmingham. She is an historian of war and medicine in the twentieth century and has published widely on the medical history of the First World War and on refugees and displaced people in the Second World War. Her publications include  Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 (Hambeldon Continuum: 2010);  Outcast Europe, 1936-1948: Refugee Experiences in an Era of Total War (Hambledon Continuum, 2011) [with Sharif Gemie and Laure Humbert] and Medicine in First World War Europe: Soldiers, Medics, Pacifists (London: Bloomsbury 2017). She is currently working on the history of medical pacifism in Europe before and after the First World War.