Globalising and Localising the Great War

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The Globalising and Localising the Great War (GLGW) research network was founded to commemorate the First World War (FWW) centenary through the production of groundbreaking research. It comprises scholars, both young and established, who study the War in a global rather than merely European context, and whose chronological focus is not confined to the period 1914-18. Established in late 2013, as a joint initiative between the Changing Character of War Programme (Pembroke College) ( and the Oxford Centre for Global History (Faculty of History) (, GLGW will continue through into mid 2019 in order to commemorate the entirety of the conflict and peace process.

Since its inception, it has hosted several international conferences and workshops, established an extensive seminar series, formed collaborative intra- and inter-university relationships and worked with local communities on public engagement events. It has successfully fundraised for two JRFs, three graduate scholarships, and three externally funded research projects. Further academic and public engagement events, and international collaborations are planned for the rest of the commemorative period.

GLGW will culminate in 2019 with a three-day international academic conference, ‘A World Transformed: The First World War and its Legacy’, and an Oxfordshire public engagement exhibition, ‘Oxford: The War and the World’. An online exhibition and public engagement events are also planned. Together these events will highlight the continuing legacy and consequences of the First World War for contemporary society.

We are always looking for researchers – at all levels, and from all disciplinary backgrounds – to participate in our network. We are also keen to forge partnerships and to arrange exchange programmes with non-UK based universities.

To get involved please contact Jeanette Atkinson (, Research Network Coordinator, or any faculty at Oxford who are involved with the network. For further information, please visit the website (


Jeanette Atkinson

Past Events