Professorial Lecture with Professor Anne Schwan

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Wednesday 10 April 2019 6:30 PM

to Wednesday 10 April 2019 7:30 PM

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Professor Anne SchwanThe First World War saw new forms of mass internment of civilians and military men. Stobs camp near Hawick in the Scottish Borders was the largest Scottish internment camp which, at its peak, housed about 4,500 men. 

Like in many other camps in the world, the predominantly German internees at Stobs established what Canadian John Davidson Ketchum, civilian internee near Berlin, called ‘prison camp societies’, including a largely self-administered infrastructure of schools, libraries, vegetable gardens, musical, theatre and sport societies, and more. Camp newspapers were also a common feature of this web of activity. At Stobs, internees produced the German-language newspaper Stobsiade, launched by civilians and continued by military internees after the civilians had been moved to the Isle of Man. 

The newspaper provides a fascinating insight into the lived experience of a First World War internment camp while also demonstrating how reading, writing and the creative arts served as an important coping mechanism to counter what became known as ‘barbed wire disease’, a psychological condition brought on by long-term internment. 

Come along and hear Anne Schwan, Professor in English and Head of Humanities & Culture, as she considers: 

Stobsiade front cover
• How did Stobsiade’s authors circumvent censorship and subtly challenge patriotic narratives? 
• How did the writers employ irony and humour to negotiate their prisoner of war identity and conflicting models of masculinity?  
• What are the wider social, political and ethical stakes of engaging with the voices of imprisoned people in historical and contemporary contexts?

Free parking is available at our Craiglockhart Campus, however we are well-served by public transport to and from the centre of the city. In addition, there are numerous cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.

This event is free to attend. Lecture is followed by a drinks reception at 19:30.

Image (bottom right) courtesy of Hawick Museum/Live Borders.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) exists to protect and promote the rights of disabled people, and challenges us to seriously consider what is meant by the ‘equal and non-discriminatory enjoyment of human rights for all’.

But do laws that allow for substitute decision-making arrangements, such as detention, involuntary psychiatric treatment or guardianship, on the basis of a person having a cognitive, intellectual or psychosocial disability (and/or a mental incapacity assessment), prevent the equal and non-discriminatory enjoyment of rights? 

Come along and hear Professor Jill Stavert, Edinburgh Napier University’s Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, as she considers:

  • How are the rights of persons with disabilities being addressed in Scotland?
  • What role can mental capacity assessments continue to play in the care, treatment and support of persons with mental disabilities?  
  • What would and should a CRPD-compliant legal policy and practice environment look like?

Timings: Lecture begins at 17:30 followed by a reception at 18:30.