Thursday, 7 January 2010

Lawrence Conference May 2010

Current World Archaeology/Great Arab Revolt Project
one-day conference

Lawrence, the Arabs, and the genesis of modern guerrilla warfare

Saturday 15 May 2010
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck University of London

On the 75th anniversary of T E Lawrence’s death, three leading academic specialists assess his role in the desert war of 1916-1918 and his relevance in understanding the conflicts of the last 90 years. Neil Faulkner and Nick Saunders are joint directors of a pioneering new field project that is investigating the archaeological remains of the conflict along the line of the former Hijaz Railway. Jeremy Wilson, author of Lawrence of Arabia: the authorised biography of T E Lawrence, is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on his subject. Together, on the basis of radically new evidence and interpretation, they offer a day of illustrated talks and discussion that will reassess Lawrence, his role, and his legacy. And they will draw some stark lessons: about the parallels between the failure of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and unfolding disaster of the ‘war on terror’ today.


9.30-10.00:      registration (tea and coffee available)
10.00-10.15:    introduction to the day
10.15-11.30:     Jeremy Wilson: A legend on record? Researching the archive of Lawrence’s war
11.30-11.45:    short break
11.45-1.00:      Nick Saunders: Fire on the desert: conflict archaeology of the Great Arab
1.00-2.15:        lunch (not included)
2.15-3.30:        Neil Faulkner: Lawrence: seminal theorist of modern guerrilla warfare
3.30-4.00:        tea and coffee
4.00-4.30:        Images from Lawrence of Arabia’s war
4.30-5.30:        Plenary

The price of the conference for early bookings is £29 (before 31 March). Standard booking price (after 31 March) is £39. Payment can be by cheque in the post (payable to Current Publishing) or credit/debit card over the phone: Current Publishing, Lamb House, Church Street, London, W4 2PD, 08456 447707 or 0208 819 5580.

(Note - previous GARP team members, i.e. those who have been part of any of the fieldwork seasons in Jordan, are entitled to a discount. Please contact Angie Hibbitt ( for information and to register)