Exploring the Frontiers of Air Power Research

A University of Birmingham War Studies Workshop

7-8 September 2011

This workshop, organised by War Studies Group at the University of Birmingham, intends to explore the wider frontiers of military history research generally air power in particular. The impact of ‘New’ Military History has highlighted the need to push the frontiers of research from the more usual diet of tactical and operational history and explore the broader implications of air power. The workshop will be held in the Arts Building at the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

The workshop gives delegates the opportunity to present aspects of their research to a wider audience and engage with the academic community in the field of air power studies. The workshop programme is attached; it includes panels dealing with Legal and Ethical aspects of Air Power, Air Power Historiography, Culture and Gender, and Analytical Tools and their application to Air Power Studies. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Richard Overy, Chair of History at the University of Exeter, and Professor Philip Sabin, Chair of Strategic Studies at King’s College London. Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Professor Tony Mason CB CBE will provide commentary on Professor Sabin’s address. Confirmed speakers include Sebastian Cox, Head of the Air Historical Branch, and Dr. Joel Hayward, Dean of the Royal Air Force College and King’s College London.

Workshop poster

Registration Details:

The workshop fee, which includes tea & coffee and lunch on the day, is £20.

If you wish to attend the symposium please print out and return the form below, and send it by Wednesday 31 August 2011 to:

Ross Mahoney

C/O School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston

Birmingham

B15 2TT

For informal enquiries please email us at airpowerstudies@gmail.com

You can download the registration form here.

Workshop Timetable

Day 1

10:15 – Registration and Coffee

10:45 – Introduction by Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray, Senior Air Power Research Fellow and Director of War Studies, University of Birmingham

11:00 – Keynote Lecture by Professor Richard Overy, University of Exeter: Exploring the Frontiers of Air Power Research

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Air Power and Ethics

Chair: Dr. Michael Snape, University of Birmingham

Dr. Joel Hayward, Dean of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and King’s College London – Air Power and Ecology: Some observations on the Environmental Implications of Modern Warfare

Janina Dill, Wolfson College, University of Oxford – Title TBC

Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray, University of Birmingham – The Tangled Web: The Inter-relationship between Ethics, Law and Legitimacy

15:00 – Tea

15:30 – Keynote Lecture by Professor Philip Sabin, King’s College London: The Challenges of Air Power Education

16:30 – Keynote Commentary by Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Professor Tony Mason CB CBE

17:00 – Close and Drinks

Day 2

08:30 – Tea

08:45 – Cultural Approaches to Air Power and Military History

Chair: Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Birmingham

Dr. Steffen Prauser, University of Birmingham and the German Historical Institute, Paris – An International Comparative Approach to a Cultural understanding of Military History

Rebecca Searle, University of Sussex – The War Artists’ Advisory Committee and the Representation of Aircraft Production during the Second World War

Dr. Emma Vickers, University of Reading – Discipline of Homosexuality in the RAF and WAAF during the Second World War

10:45 – Coffee

11:15 – Analytical Tools from Cognate Disciplines and Air Power Studies

Chair: Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray, University of Birmingham

Fin Monahan, University of Birmingham – Organisational Culture and the ‘Air Spirit’

Ross Mahoney, University of Birmingham – Measuring Leadership Effectiveness: The 360 Degree Appraisal Method and Air Power History

Ian Shields, University of Cambridge – Researching Air Power from a Social Sciences Context

13:15 – Lunch

14:00 – Air Power Historiography

Chair: Dr. Christina Goulter, King’s College London

Sebastian Cox, Head of the Air Historical Branch – The Historiography of Bomber Command

Dr. David Jordan, King’s College London – The Historiography of the Battle of Britain

Dr. Sebastian Ritchie, Air Historical Branch – The Historiography of Operation MARKET GARDEN

16:00 – Tea

16:30 – Panel Discussion: New Research Frontiers

Chair: Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray, University of Birmingham

Dr. Sabine Lee, University of Birmingham

Group Captain Mike Hart, Director of Defence Studies (RAF), Joint Services Command and Staff College

Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Peter Dye, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum

Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Birmingham

17:30 – Closing Remarks by Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray and Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Birmingham

18:00 – Workshop Close

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