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University of Westminster

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SSH Professorial Lecture: Commemoration and controversy: remembering air raids in Britain, Germany and Japan

Professor Mark Clapson (Department of History, Sociology and Criminology)

6th December 2017, 5.30 p.m., followed by a drinks reception

My research and publications have mostly been concerned with social change and urban development in suburbs, new towns and garden cities. In recent years I have been researching the Blitz and reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on air raids during the Second World War as violent interventions into the built environment and people's lives. Focusing upon London, Coventry, Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I will discuss how the commemoration of air raids and their victims emerged as essentially an urban phenomenon, enabled by many carriers of cultural memory, notably film (including animation), photography, art, testimonies, preserved ruins of places of worship, and purpose-built war memorials. They created heavily-bombed cities as local, national and global sites of memory, ostensibly promoting narratives of peace and reconciliation, but which were fractured by political and ideological interpretations of Allied and Nazi bombing.

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