ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-13

24 January

The Israel Air Force's UAV's Squadrons: Origins, Trends and Implications

Dr Tamir Libel (University College Dublin)

Dr Libel is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow at UCD's CWS. He has published articles in peer-review journals, books chapters and currently serve as a secondary editor of an edited volume about the relations of politics, religion and the military in Israel. His research interests includes: military education, comparative study of civil-military relations, Israeli military doctrine, airpower, and intelligence studies as well as the EU's security policies.

Time: 4:30pm

Venue: K115

31 January

The Middle East and the First World War

Dr Eugene Rogan (Oxford University)

Dr Rogan is the Director of Middle East Centre at Oxford, Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East. His research focuses on the modern history of the Arab world from the sixteenth century to the present. He is editor of the new Cambridge University Press book series, The Contemporary Middle East. He is currently working on a new book entitled The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920, to be published in 2014.

Time: 4:30pm

Venue: K115

7 February

The Russian Revolution and Social Conflict in Spain, 1917-23

Dr James Matthews (University College Dublin)

Dr Matthews is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow working on 
post-First World War social conflict in Spain. Before coming to UCD, he was a member at the Institute for Advanced
 Study in Princeton. His research primarily focuses on 
the effects of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath – the 
Russian Civil War – in the causation and course of political and
 revolutionary upheavals in Spain between 1917 and 1923.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

21 February

The Black and Tans: Reflections on British Paramilitarism after World War I

Dr David Leeson (Laurentian)

Dr Leeson's research interests include, modern British and Irish History, modern military history, intellectual history and philosophy of history. He is the author of The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1 (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has also contributed several papers to the study of the RIC and the Black and Tans, most notably 
The Scum of London's UnderworldBritish Recruits for the Royal Irish Constabulary, 1920-21 and 
Death in the Afternoon: The Croke Park Massacre, 21 November 1920.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

6 March

Fragile Peace: Conflict, Violence and Transition in the Wake of Europe's World Wars

Speakers: Prof. Robert Gerwarth (UCD), author of Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich and co-editor (with Prof. John Horne, TCD) of War In Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War and Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two.

Discussant: Dr John Paul Newman, NUIM

Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm 

Venue: 1st Floor Seminar Room, Iontas Building North Campus, NUI Maynooth

28 March

Urban experiences of demobilization in Europe after World War I

Dr Adam Seipp (Texas A&M)

Dr. Seipp’s research and teaching focus on war and social change in 20th century Europe. His forthcoming book Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952, uses the experience of Wildflecken, a small rural community in northern Bavaria, to examine the postwar refugee crisis in occupied Germany and the early Federal Republic. He is also the author of The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917-21 (2009), along with articles and book chapters on the First World War, American basing policy in Europe, and re-armament debates in West Germany.

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: K115

22 May

Trust and Violence

Prof. Jan Philipp Reemtsma (Hamburg Institute of Social Research)

Prof. Reemtsma is the founder and director of the Hamburg Institute of Social research which, among other things, conceptualized the international 'Crimes of the Wehrmacht' exhibition. Among his many publications is In the Cellar, an autobiographical account of his 1996 abduction.

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: Newman House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

12 October

The Arms' Race and the Coming of World War II

Prof. Joe Maiolo (King's College London)

Joe Maiolo is Professor of International History and completed his PhD in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics in July 1997 and joined the Department of War Studies in September 2001. His research focuses on the role of diplomacy, strategy and intelligence in the outbreak of major wars. He has just completed a study of the relationship between the global arms race of the 1930s and the coming of the Second World War.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

25 October

The Sick Man's Last Gasp: the Ottoman Defeat in 1918 and its consequences

Prof. Mustafa Aksakal (Georgetown University)

Mustafa Aksakal is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University and the author of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914 (2008), a study of internal reasons for the empire’s decision to join the war on Germany’s side.  His current book, Ottoman Society at War, investigates military and civilian life during wartime in the empire's final decade.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115

23 November

Asia and the First World War

Prof. Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong University)

Professor Xu is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for War Studies. As part of the Distinguished Guest Lecture Series Professor Xu will present a paper entitled 'Asia and the First World War' on Friday, 23 November 2012 at 4 p.m.

Guoqi Xu is currently Chair of Modern History at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University and is one of the world's most prominent scholars in the fields of modern China and international history.

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Room H204, UCD Humanities Institute

29 November

The Sarkar's War: India's Home Front in the World Wars

Dr Yasmin Khan (Kellogg College, Oxford)

Dr Yasmin Khan is a Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London. She works on modern South Asia. Her principal research interests are the twentieth century history and contemporary politics of India and Pakistan, particularly decolonisation, ethnic conflict and nationalism, and these research interests are driven by a desire to understand the ways in which processes of imperial decolonisation have affected the social, political and economic lives of people living in South Asia.

Time: 4:30pm 

Venue: K115