Seminars and Conferences

IWM regularly hosts and contributes to seminars and conferences in collaboration with a range of academic and cultural institutions. 

Upcoming events

Peace History Conference 10 June 2017

Protest, Power & Change is the theme of the 2017 Peace History Conference.  Organised by Movement for the Abolition of War in partnership with Imperial War Museums, it will take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June in London. 

Frank Cottrell Boyce, children’s novelist and screenwriter, will open the conference.  Among topics on the programme will be ‘Fewer Bombs, More Jobs: The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards’ Alternative Plan 1976’ and ‘Lysistrata in the Rainforest: the women’s nonviolent campaign which ended the civil war in Liberia’.

Other sessions pick up on the anniversaries of 2017.  It is 50 years since Martin Luther King’s momentous denunciation of the Vietnam War, 60 years since activists started coalescing into the movement that became CND, 150 years since the births of anti-war artist Käthe Kollwitz and feminist peace campaigner Emily Greene Balch, and 500 years since Erasmus published his ‘Complaint of Peace’.

PHC 2017 is timed to coincide with the exhibition ‘People Power: Fighting for Peace’ at IWM London. Please view the Peace History Conference programme and booking details for more information.

Peace History Conferences have taken place annually since 2007 in London, Manchester, or Leeds.  They aim to tell the stories of individuals, movements, and ideas from all periods of history concerned with promoting peace, overcoming violence, and abolishing war.

Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Conference 2018

This conference showcases current international research on the survivors of Nazi persecution and it is the sixth time it has taken place, having previously been held at IWM London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. In 2018 the conference will take place at Birkbeck.

The conference aims is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Roma and Sinti, Slavonic peoples, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called 'racially impure', and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a 'survivor' is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis' racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.

More information can be found on the Pears Institute website