In Flanders Fields Museum and the School of History/Gateways to the First World War, University of Kent present a fourth series of eight seminars on Thursday evenings, free and open to all.
Ieper venue: Research Centre, Reading Room, In Flanders Fields Museum, Sint-Maartensplein 3, 8900 Ieper, 7.15 pm.
Thursday 16 November, Natasha Silk (PhD student, University of Kent)
Canadian Memorialisation: a case study of the Canadian war memorial at St. Julien.
The focus of this talk will be the ‘Brooding Soldier’, the Canadian war memorial at St. Julien.
This paper will explore how Canada conducted its memorialisation process; considering how Canadian memorialisation of the war forms its own legacy separate from the British memory of the war. It will explore the prominent nation building myth that exists within Canadian memorials to the dead of the First World War, most impressively demonstrated at Vimy Ridge.
However, the ‘Brooding Soldier’ occupies an alternative space within memorial practice as it is a depiction of grief.
Significantly, this memorial was designed by a veteran, and so the talk will use the memorial to consider how soldiers’ grief was or was not incorporated in
the post war memorialisation practices. Through the exploration of the symbolism of the site for the Canadian Expeditionary Force, this talk will consider
why certain sites were chosen for memorials, and in this particular case, how the site helped to forge a national identity for Canada in the post war era. It will then go on to consider the reactions to the memorial once it was built. By doing this, the paper will explore how the site came to be unique, and how the Commonwealth War Graves Commission made efforts to re-inscribe the memorial with meaning after it had been erected at St. Julien.
Het In Flanders Fields Museum en de School of History / Gateways to the First World War, University of Kent organiseren, voor de vierde maal, tijdens het academiejaar 2017-18, een reeks van acht donderdag-avond-seminars die gratis toegankelijk zijn voor alle geïnteresseerden.