Teachers' CPD: Conflict resolution conference at the IWM

By Rachel Hayward | 26 October 2010
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Photo showing the crumpled and rusting remains of a car bomb that exploded in Baghdad in 2007 and have become an installation by the artist Jeremy Deller
The crumpled and rusting remains of a car bomb that exploded in Baghdad in 2007 and have become an installation by the artist Jeremy Deller, currently on show at the IWM, London.© IWM
Museums and galleries hold regular CPD events for teachers and here’s a history-related, free conference this November at the IWM (Imperial War Museum) in London that you might be interested in…

There are still some places left for the Starting Conversations conference which is part of the Build the Truce project about conflict resolution run by the IWM.

A practical-based conference the aims of Starting Conversations are to look at the reasons behind and practicalities in starting the conversations that lead to meaningful discussion in difficult situations, putting them in an historic and contemporary context.

The conference is on Saturday, November 6 2010 and runs from 10am until 4pm. As well as being free to attend, refreshments, lunch and travel expenses of up to £50 are also offered to all participants.

Conference speakers include:

James Fergusson - journalist and author of A Million Bullets: the real story of the British Army in Afghanistan and Taliban: the true story. James has spent a lot of time in Afghanistan both with members of the armed forces and the Taliban and will talk about these experiences and how they relate to the ongoing conflict there. James was also the press spokesman for the Office of the High Representative, the body charged with implementing the Dayton Peace Accord that ended the civil war in Bosnia in 1995.

Lea Misan, Director of Act for Change, an organisation working with young people to relate the historic narratives of the Holocaust and other genocides to the social reality and experiences of living in today's society.

Grant Rogers, Informal Learning Manager at IWM London, who has worked with the public on starting conversations prompted by the Jeremy Dellar installation Baghdad, March 5, 2007. Currently on show at IWM London, the installation features the remains of a car that exploded in Baghdad. It has been used by the Museum to reflect on conflict and the realities of war.

Professor Mervyn Frost, Head of the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. His academic specialism resides in conflict resolution. Professor Frost is South African and has been involved in looking at conflict resolution there for many years.

Dr Kyoko Murakami, University of Bath, whose work with former Far East Prisoners of War in travelling back to the places where they were held gives a different take on conflict resolution, starting conversations that ultimately result in the end of a conflict for individuals, even though their physical involvement in that conflict ended many years before.

To find out more and book a place email Amy Ryall, IWM Professional Development Manager, Learning & Interpretation, stating "BTT Conference" in the subject line of your email.
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