Lawrence, the Arabs, and the genesis of modern guerrilla warfare
One day Special Conference
When: Saturday 15 May 2010 Where: Clore Management Centre Birkbeck University of London Bloomsbury, London
On the 75th anniversary of T E Lawrence’s death, three leading academic specialists assess his role in the desert war of 1916-1918 and his relevance in understanding the conflicts of the last 90 years. Neil Faulkner and Nick Saunders are joint directors of a pioneering new field project that is investigating the archaeological remains of the conflict along the line of the former Hijaz Railway. Jeremy Wilson, author of Lawrence of Arabia: the authorised biography of T E Lawrence, is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on his subject. Together, on the basis of radically new evidence and interpretation, they offer a day of illustrated talks and discussion that will reassess Lawrence, his role, and his legacy. And they will draw some stark lessons: about the parallels between the failure of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and the unfolding disaster of the ‘war on terror’ today.
Programme 9.30-10.00Registration (tea and coffee available) 10.00-10.15Introduction to the day 10.15-11.30Jeremy Wilson: A legend on record? Researching the archive of Lawrence’s war 11.30-11.45Short break 11.45-1.00Nick Saunders: Fire on the desert: conflict archaeology of the Great Arab Revolt 1.00-2.15 Lunch (not included) 2.15-3.30 Neil Faulkner: Lawrence: seminal theorist of modern guerrilla warfare 3.30-4.00 Tea and coffee 4.00-4.30 Images from Lawrence of Arabia’s war 4.30-5.30 Plenary
The price of the conference for early bookings is £29 (before 15 April 2010). Standard booking price is £39. Payment can be by cheque in the post (payable to Current Publishing) or credit/debit card over the phone: Current Publishing, Lamb House, Church Street, London, W4 2PD, Telephone: 08456 447707 or 0208 819 5580.
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