About our speakers

Laura E. Bennett, University of Durham

Laura is originally from New York, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Art History. After several years living and working abroad, she developed an interest in the social, legal, and political factors that impact cultural heritage. This led her to undertake a Master’s degree in International Cultural Heritage Management at Durham University, on which she is working towards completion.

Bea Crayford, Kings College, London

Bea is currently studying for a PhD in English at King’s College London having graduated with an MA from the same university in 2014. Her research seeks to understand the role Gothic literature, written during the Second World War, plays in representing and interpreting the strange new cityscape and the mode of life experienced in Blitzed London. Her thesis explores the blurring of boundaries between the living and the dead, the individual and society and creation and destruction. In examining the cultural and literary significance of the Gothic and ghosts in particular, she questions why the creative possibilities presented by this mode of literature are both crucial to and enabled by the contextual crisis of war.

Rob Hackman, Independent Researcher

Rob Hackman Bio PhotoRobert Hackman is a London based photographer who specialises in Balkan issues (www.robhackman.com). This body of work on monuments and lapidars was exhibited at the National Gallery of Albania in 2015. Further to this Hackman has completed an extensive photographic document of the reuse and recycling of Albania’s military bunkers which was exhibited at the National Museum of History in Albania 2014.

2001 Solo exhibition in Tirane for the United Nations, Albania.

2002 Solo exhibition for the United Nations, Belgrade, Serbia.

2003 Group Show, Street League UK, London, UK.

2008 Solo exhibition at ROA Gallery for a Impressionist Photography, London, UK.

2009 Group Summer Show Foto8, London, UK.

2009 Group Summer Show Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, UK.

2009 Group Show Association of Photographers Gallery, London, UK.

2012 Group Show, Photofusion Gallery, London, UK.

2014 Solo Exhibition, National History Museum, Tirana, Albania.

2014 Group Show, Photofusion Gallery, London, UK.

2015 Solo Exhibition, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania.

2015 Group Show, Photofusion Gallery, London, UK.

2016 Group Show, Kolga Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Rep of Georgia.

Stephen Hurst, Independent Researcher

Stephen Hurst Bio Pic Victoria BerlinStephen is a sculptor and his interest in modern conflict archaeology grew out of his curiosity about the nature and form of sculpture on the more elaborate and sentimental war memorials, particularly in France and Belgium. This began while he worked as artist in residence at the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in Ieper/Ypres. The next stage of his research traced the genre back to European Nationalism and German unification and thus back to the warlike figures of Greek Mythology – Athena and Nike. (As an example, Berlin is full of figures that they call ‘Victoria’ but are, in fact, 19th Century versions of Nike, the Winged Victory).

Stephen Miles, University of Glasgow

image1Stephen Miles attained his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2012 with the thesis title Battlefield Tourism: Meanings and Interpretations. His research interests are concerned with the heritage and tourism of conflict sites particularly those relating to the Western Front. His work contributes a relatively new angle to the growing discipline of conflict studies in investigating the meanings of war sites and how they are understood by the visiting public. He has undertaken much in-depth field work surveying the experiences of coach-tour passengers to the Western Front and the nature of the tourist engagement with sites of memory. Sceptical of any assertion that tourists adopt a superficial attitude to such sites he has shown how the tourist experience is often deeply-felt and transformative. His work has demonstrated that tourism is a powerful agent on the Western Front providing new and dynamic layers of meaning and a perpetuation of memory. His book The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage will be published by Pen and Sword in October 2016.

Alice Millard, University of Bristol

Alice Millard Bio Pic

Alice graduated from the University of Southampton June 2015 with a BA in Archaeology and joined the University of Bristol in September 2015 to undertake an MPhil in Modern Conflict Archaeology. Originally from Bristol, she has always had an interest in the history of her local area, particularly as many of her family members were involved in the First and Second World Wars. When looking for project ideas, she examined the work of Gilly Carr on Occupation and camps of the Channel Islands and decided to utilise this approach to conduct her own research on camps in Somerset. She had not previously been aware of these camps and was intrigued enough to make this topic the focus of her MPhil research. Undertaking this research has been a real learning curve for Alice and her work related discoveries have been a source of continuous amazement for her.

Krissy Moore, University of Sheffield

Krissy MooreKrissy is a 2nd year PhD candidate at University of Sheffield, studying the interactions between archaeological resource management and training on the Otterburn Training Area (OTA) in Northumberland National Park. After working in indigenous archaeology in New South Wales, Krissy became interested in landscape-scale interactions between development, legislation and cultural significance. She continued developing this interest while working in commercial and community archaeology in Australia and the UK, and through an MA in Landscape Archaeology at Sheffield, where she developed an interest in GIS and contemporary military archaeology through fieldwork at Trawsfynydd, Wales. After completing the MA, she worked as the community archaeologist at Northumberland National Park and there began to develop her research question and industry partnerships for her current project at the OTA. She is actively involved in community archaeology outreach including the Young Archaeologists’ Club, Sheffield’s Archaeology in the City programme, and in curating the Archaeology and Ale podcast on the Archaeology Podcast Network.

David Parry, University College London

Dave ParryDavid is currently studying a part-time MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology at University Collage London. His research interests have been facilitated in no small measure by undertaking Dr. Moshenska’s Archaeologies of Modern Conflict module, where he examined the phenomenon of activist tourism in the contexts of social conflict and state violence. As well as participating in #wearehere, he has also worked with the London Transport Museum to collect and curate local stories for their travelling Battle Bus exhibition, exploring the role of London transport workers in the First World War. Whilst the focus of his final thesis is as yet undecided, he hopes to expand on themes recurrent in his work thus far and explore alternative and contesting voices in conflict heritage discourse.

Rebecca Plumley, Cranfield University

With a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology from University West of England, Rebecca has recently completed her MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, under the supervision of Peter Masters. Her interest in modern conflict archaeology, particularly in relation to the First World War, grew throughout her Masters course to become the area she wishes to focus on for the future.

Mike Relph, University of Bristol

Mike Relph Bio PicMike Relph is an MPhil/PhD research student at the University of Bristol having graduated with an MA in Archaeology from the University in 2014. A former army officer, Mike has a keen interest in military history and in modern conflict archaeology – a new and exciting area of academic research focused on the study of 20th and early 21st century industrial conflict and its legacies.

Charlotte Yelamos, Alfonso Fanjul Peraza, Carlos Bracero & Henry Hill, Archaeological Team working on the Spanish Civil War Battlefield of Oviedo

MCA 2016 bio photo Charlotte Yelamos

The team forming the project, Archaeology of Violence in Asturias, is composed by Alfonso Fanjul Peraza, Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Autonoma University of Madrid, Carlos Bracero, B.A. in History from Florida International University, Charlotte Yelamos, B.A. undergraduate of Archaeology from Cork University College in Cork, Ireland, and Henry Hill, B.A. undergraduate of Archaeology and Anthropology from the University College London in England. Charlotte Yelamos will speak to represent the team at the conference.

Anna Zalewska, Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Poland

Anna is an archaeologist and historian focused on the methodology and history of those researches where the contemporary social and cognitive specificity, potentials and values are placed in the centre of reflection. She is also author of the educational strategy of the roadside history lessons so far engaged in contributing to the appreciation, exposing and protection of socially significant remains of events and processes which took place in 1914-15 in Central Poland. In addition, she has promoted the concept of the second degree archaeology (preoccupied with recognising the social statuses of material traces made present archaeologically). Anna is employed at the Institute of Archaeology (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University – Lublin) and at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology (Polish Academy of Sciences – Warsaw). Her main fields of interest are: the material remains of the Great War, material memory of the remains of extermination camps and the material evidences of the crimes committed by the communists in the postwar period in Poland.

Jacek Czarnecki, Collegium Civitas, Poland

Jacek is a Polemologist and journalist (war correspondent until 2007) who is focused on collecting data, tools and arguments that can prove useful in protecting warscape heritage and in re-presenting it as a lesson to history. Presently, he is an active social and political journalist, lecturer at the Collegium Civitas (Warsaw) and the member of teams established to implement the educational project ‘Roadside lessons of history on the Great War over Rawka as lessons of reconciliation (1915-2015)’ and scientific project ‘Archaeological revival of memory of the Great War’. Finally, he is actively engaged in the process of establishing the cultural park ‘Battlefield on Rawka as the tribute to the victims of war’.

Reserve Speaker: David Savage, University of Bristol

Dave has had a lifelong interest in all 20th century conflict, but is particularly enthused by air warfare of the Second World War. At the age of 50 and semi-retired, he, took on studies with the Open University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Humanities with History in 2012. He then moved onto the University of Bristol in 2014, when he commenced postgraduate studies in the field of Archaeology with a specific Modern Conflict Archaeology pathway. Since 2015, David has been one of the MCA conference organisers.