Pro and Anti-War Voices Conference


This inaugural University of Worcester History Conference is scheduled to take place on St. John’s Campus, Henwick Grove on Saturday 11th November 2023, 9am-5.30pm.

Photo Credit @ University of Massachusetts Amherst - Photo Credit @ Harvey Richards Media Archive, copyright Paul Richards

At this conference, speakers from across the UK and Europe are congregating to illuminate the various ways in which “ordinary” people, both men and women, used their voices during wartime to either support or criticise government policy. Focusing on United States’ military actions, papers will consider the War of Independence, the Civil War, World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to provide a comprehensive analysis of the US public’s reactions to conflict. The “ordinary” people under examination represent a similarly diverse range of political persuasions and ethnicities, including conscientious objectors, Welsh Americans, conservative women, planter women, active duty servicepeople, Japanese Americans, intellectuals and activists.

We are pleased to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Dr Andrew Johnstone (University of Leicester) focusing on the “most savage national debate”. The discussions between 1939-1941 in response to the outbreak of war in Europe involved a diverse array of people and arguments and Dr Johnstone’s talk will focus on these voices, the political coalitions they represented, and the organisations they created.

This conference will coincide with a free public exhibition with the same title, from 3-13 November in The Atrium, The Hive [Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD, UK]. The materials on display relate to the War of Independence, the Civil War, World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and physically represent the voices that can be heard at the conference.

* This event is part-funded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS)



Please see further details on the programme and online registration below:          


Conference Fee         

  • £20 (Full fee, including speakers)
  • £10 (Concessions - Unwaged/retired/postgraduate students)
  • £8 (University of Worcester - undergraduates)
  • Last date for registration: Monday, 6th November, 2023

*Tea/coffee breaks and a sandwich lunch will be provided

For any questions or queries please email Joseph Rix and Dr Wendy Toon (Conference Organisers) at: