Saturday, 31 May 2014

Jean Stevens, Richmond

Jean François Joseph Stevens, a soldier from the artillery division that defended the fortresses of Liège, was born in Borgloon, Limburg, on 29 April 1884. 

He died on 22 December 1918, 41 days after Armistice. He lies buried in Richmond Cemetery, a CWGC cemetery. The local cemetery records in fact deem him to be female. A message was sent to those responsible of both records and website data. 

Just how he came to die is not known just yet. Of the nearly 42,000 Belgian soldiers who were killed during the war, 4000 died after Armistice.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Languages and the First World War - Antwerp leg, 18 June 2014

Languages and the First World War

University of Antwerp, 18 June 2014

British Library, 20 June 2014


Below you can find the programme for the Antwerp leg of the Languages and First World War Conference


9.30 – 9.40

9.40 – 10.30
Keynote paper
·         Odile Roynette (Université de Franche-Comté) La Première Guerre mondiale et les langues : difficultés et enjeux d'une approche historienne

10.30 – 11.00
·         Sandrijn Van den Noortgate (University of Antwerp) The First World War and the professionalisation of interpreting

11 – 1
Panel 1
Translating displacement and social movement

Chair: Marnix Beyen

·         Richard Fogarty (University at Albany) “We did not speak a common language”: African Soldiers and Communication in the French Army, 1914-1918
·         Julie Coleman (Leicester University) Slang and recruitment: Lorenzo Smith's Lingo of No Man's land
·         Bill Lawrence (Workers Writes / Birtley Belgians Society) Translation, interpretation and mistranslation: Belgian exiles & ‘reformed’ soldiers, their records and problems encountered by English language researchers
·         Christophe Declercq (University College London / University of Antwerp) From Antwerp to Britain and back again: the language of the Belgian refugee then and now


1.45 – 2.15
Keynote paper
·         Peter Doyle (University College London) & Rob Schäfer (Independent scholar)
Fritz & Timmy, across the Barbed wire

2.15 - 5.30
Translating war changes locally

Chair: Christophe Declercq

·         Milos Damjanovic (Medical school, Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia) Language Changes in the Jewish Community in Kosovo and Metohia after the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the First World War (1914-1918)
·         Dominiek Dendooven (In Flanders Fields Museum) “Fake Belgium”. Linguistic issues in the diary of Father Achiel Van Walleghem (Ypres 1914-1919)  .
·         Ulrich Tiedau (University College London) German language policy in Belgium 1914–1918
·         Karen Shelby (City University, New York) The Visual Culture of a Flemish War Experience
·         Hillary Briffa (King’s College) Malta in the First World War: A Tripartite Linguistic Legacy of Reportage

5.30 – 6
Vertaalproblemen over historische context voor de actuele situatie
·         Kris Peeters (University of Antwerp) 14 [quatorze] / 1914 [nineteen fourteen]: Jean Échenoz’ WWI in 118 [sans dix-huit] pages, from French into English. On how the French contemporary novel needs to invent a language of its own

Registration for the Antwerp leg

(this includes access to the conference for the Antwerp leg, coffee, lunch, conference pack)

Until 31 May

·         Full access: 50 €
·         Postgraduate students and 65+: 20 €
·         Undergraduate students: 10 €

From 1 June

·         Full access: 60 €
·         Postgraduate students and 65+: 25 €
·         Undergraduate students: 15 €

Registration closes on 12 June 2014, but you can still register on-site.


Bank account: BE69 7360 0353 2278
Reference: LanguagesFWW