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During the twentieth century, every nation in the world was directly or indirectly associated with or affected by the impact of war. While the historical narratives and legacies of war of these nations are well known, far less is understood about how small islands coped. These islands, often not nations in their own right but rather small outposts of other kingdoms, countries and nations, have frequently been relegated to mere footnotes in history and heritage studies as interesting case studies (at best), or unimportant curiosities (at worst). Yet for many of these small islands, war had an enduring impact on their history, memory, intangible heritage and future cultural practices in the process leaving behind a legacy that demanded some form of local response. For this conference, we seek to discover what the memories, legacies and heritage of war in small islands can teach those who live outside them, on the mainland. What can we learn from these islands of memory? Can islands really act as 'controls' or 'laboratories' or even bounded entities which allow us to understand the macrocosm of war memory / heritage microcosm? Or do we regard them as closed societies when it isn't the case? Why and how is memory so enduring in small islands? How does contested war memory manifest itself in present day island communities? We hope to address these issues and more during the conference.

Contact: Gilly Carr ([email protected])