Conscience and Conscription: Resistance to War 1916-2016

Conference, 14-15 October 2016, Leeds, United Kingdom

Peace History Conference 2016 in Leeds

Conscience and Conscription: Resistance to War 1916-2016

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016
Holy Trinity Church and Leeds City Museum


Friday 14th October
15.00-17.00 Leeds Peace Trail - a guided walk starting from outside The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University
18.30 Registration Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, LS1 6HW followed by
19.00 Oh What a Lovely War Resistance – a musical evening of historic opposition to war The Free Range Choir and Clive Barrett (Peace Museum)

Saturday 15th October–Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, LS2 8BH
09.30 Registration
10.00 Chair: Clive Barrett (Peace Museum)
Civic Welcome by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Gerry Harper
Conference Introduction by Bruce Kent (Movement for the Abolition of War)
10.30 Martyrs and Rebels – perceptions of resistance in World War One Cyril Pearce (University of Leeds)
Inspired to action – CO stories on stage and in schools Jude Wright (Peace Museum)
11.30 Coffee/Tea Break
12.00 Different Faces of Resistance 1: the German Experience
Chair: Peter van den Dungen (International Network of Museums for Peace)
German Resistance to World War One Guido Grünewald (peace activist and peace historian)
German anti-war dissenters: international pacifism and human rights André Keil (Durham University)
'The great, inspiring example': German pacifist responses to British Conscientious Objectors Ingrid Sharp (University of Leeds)
13.30 Lunch Break including showing of ‘Watford’s Quiet Heroes’ DVD
14.30 Fight or Flight? Chair: Valerie Flessati (Pax Christi)
The awkward case of Belgian soldiers and ‘able-bodied men’ in Britain during WW1 Christophe Declercq (University College London)
Conscription and Child Soldiers David Gee (ForcesWatch)
15.30 Tea/Coffee Break 
16.00 Different Faces of Resistance 2: the Nuclear Age Chair: Rachel Julian (Leeds Beckett University)
Resistance to War by Scientists Dave Webb (Leeds Beckett University)
Resisting US Military and Agency Occupation Lindis Percy (Campaign Against American Bases)
17.00 Summing Up and Announcements from the Floor Valerie Flessati (Pax Christi)
17.15 Close of Conference