As part of the University’s World War I Centenary programme, Academic IT Services teamed up with TORCH to launch a World War I research competition.
Over the summer, we welcomed proposals from students and early career researchers, from any discipline at the University, to present new perspectives on World War I and its impact through either a blog post or podcast. We also welcomed proposals from college, library and museum staff that told a story of the University during the War. All entries were submitted via the Oxford Ideas platform. This enabled entrants to gain helpful feedback from other users in the Oxford Ideas community, and to comment on other proposals.
We then supported selected entrants to develop their digital content through workshops and one-to-one recording sessions. The final submissions were judged by a panel of specialists on World War I and public engagement, and the lucky winner received an iPad Mini and the exciting opportunity to network with experts at the recent International Society for First World War Studies conference. The judges were highly impressed with the quality of the resources and commended a number of them for their value in supporting teaching and learning about the War. Additionally, to make them accessible to a wide audience, the entries have now been uploaded to Oxford Podcasts, ItunesU, and the WW1 Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings site, which is aimed at those involved in WW1 teaching and research.
We are delighted to announce the results below and share the excellent contributions submitted: enjoy!
1st place: ‘Remembering before the End: Death and the Great War’ – podcast by Alice Kelly
Runner-up: ‘A Wordly War: Battle Experiences through the Eyes of African Cultures’ – podcast by Josephine Niala
Other notable entries:
- ‘Mancunian Crusaders?’ – podcast by Daniel Smith
- ‘Somerville Hospital: Then and Now’ – blog post by Anne Manuel and Sarah Hughes, Somerville College
- ‘Weapons of Mass Persuasion: The First World War in Posters’ – blog post by Nina Kruglikova
- ‘Decomposing: Debussy and the Trauma Process’– blog post by Rebecca Henderson