Voices of India: The First World War Programme

The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD


10:15   Registration

11:00   Welcome

Janita Bagshawe, Director, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove


11:05   Introduction: ‘All the King’s Men: The Great War’s Forgotten Army’

Rana Chhina, Secretary, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, United Service Institution of India, New Delhi


PART 1, Chaired by Rana Chhina


11:20   ‘”Dark-Skinned Warriors”: India and the Great War’

Dr Prabhjot Parmar, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada


11:45   ‘Voices from the Shadow: South Asian Prisoners of War in Germany’

Heike Liebau, Centre for Oriental Studies, Berlin


12:10   ‘Recovering Memory: Narratives of Indian Soldiers and the Great War’
Adil Chhina, Researcher, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, United Service Institution of India, New Delhi


12:35   ‘Medicine, Media and Myth in the Pavilion Indian Hospital’

Kevin Bacon, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove


13:00   Questions/Reflections
13:15   LUNCH, opportunity to visit the Royal Pavilion.


PART 2, Chaired by Dr. Lucy Noakes


14:45   Introduction, Gateways to the First World War

Dr. Lucy Noakes, University of Brighton


14:50   ‘Letting the Landscape Speak’
Tom Donovan, co-author of The Indian Corps on the Western Front: A Handbook and Battlefield Guide.
15:15   ‘The Chattri Memorial Group; the voice of a community which commemorates the sacrifice of the Indian soldiers’

Davinder Dhillon, The Chattri Memorial Group, in conversation with Rana Chhina.


15:40   ‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs & WWI – The creation of a people’s history’

UK Punjab Heritage Association


16:05   Questions/Reflections


16:15   Tea break


PART 3, Chaired by Kevin Bacon


16:50   ‘Sophia, Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary’
Anita Anand, Author and Broadcaster


17:15   ‘The Truth of Fiction’

Dr. Santanu Das, Kings College, London, in conversation with Kamila Shamsie, Author.
With questions and audience participation


18:15   ‘Take the Bachelors to War: Songs of Separation’ performance
Jasdeep, Amanroop and Harleen, musicians


18:45   Join us for a end of conference drinks reception in the Royal Pavilion Banqueting Room.

19:45   End