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In 2018, in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the City of Leuven and KU Leuven University are organising the international colloquium 'Revival after the Great War: Repair, Rebuild, Remember'.

On 8 and 9 May we welcome experts from all over the world to present their latest research. Several sessions will look into different aspects of reconstruction and recovery in the 1920’s from an international perspective: human war damage and post-war recovery, the international reception of the reconstruction effort in Belgium, the transformation and modernisation of cities and the countryside, and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of society after the Great War.

One century later public debates frequently refer to “the coming of the new 20’s”, in recollection of the 1920’s. This colloquium is an attempt to answer the challenging question as to what history of the Great War and its aftermath we actually need. In other words, how and why do we want to remember what about the First World War and its far-reaching consequences?

With keynotes by Pierre PURSEIGLE  (University of Warwick) and John HORNE (Trinity College Dublin)


  • Last modified 09-04-2018