SWWRGNA Virtual Workshop: Information at War- 18-19 February 2022

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February 18, 2022 to February 19, 2022
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Military History, Modern European History / Studies, Peace History / Studies

Registration is open: the SWWRGNA's Third Research Workshop on Information at War will be held virtually over Zoom on 18-19 February 2022The event will feature a keynote from Michael Graziano on his new book, Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIA (Chicago 2021), and Saturday panels on new work on wartime propaganda, intelligence, and espionage. Co-hosted by the history department at Sam Houston State University.

Workshop is free, but attendees must pre-register for each event.

Register for the Friday keynote (3pm CDT) here:


Register for the Saturday workshop (8:30am CDT – 5:00pm) here:



SWWRGNA Virtual Research Workshop 19 February 2022

All times CDT (Huntsville, TX)

8:30am CDT/9:30am EDT—Welcome and Workshop Goals

SWWRGNA Co-Directors: Jadwiga Biskupska (Sam Houston State University) and Mary Kathryn Barbier(Mississippi State University/United States Air Force Academy) SWWRG President/Co-Founder: JonathanFennell (King’s College London)

9:00am-10:45am CDT—Panel 1: Reporting and Wartime Propaganda

Chair/commentator: Jeff Rutherford (Xavier University)

Elena Friot (University of New Mexico), “’The Men of Bataan Lived Up to the Best American Tradition:’ Journalists, Civilians, Politicians and the Meaning of Surrender during World War II”

Erina Megowan (Georgetown University), “’The Growing Demand of Red Army Divisions for Artistic Service:’Entertainment at the Front, 1941-1945”

Victoria Sotvedt (University of Calgary), “Soviet Intelligence Defectors’ Experiences during World War II”

11:00am-12:45pm CDT—Panel 2: Intelligence

Chair/commentator: Lei Duan (Sam Houston State University)

Derek Mallett (US Army Command and General Staff College), “The German Home Front in the Second World War as seen by German Prisoners of War in the United States”

Sara Castro (United States Air Force Academy), “Missionaries and the China Mission: Protestant Roots of American Intelligence Officers in Wartime China”

Adrian O’Sullivan (Bishop Grosseteste University), “The Versatility of British Intelligence in Iraq, 1939–1945”

2:00-3:45pm CDT—Panel 3: Espionage and Spying

Chair/commentator: Katrin Paehler (Illinois State University)

Brian Hayashi (Kent State University), ““Who Do You Believe?: Loyalty and Asian Americans in the OSS during World War II”

Kevin Riehle (University of Mississippi), “Soviet Intelligence Defectors’ Experiences during World War II”

Dennis Deletant (University College, London), “British Clandestine Operations in Romania, 1940-1944”

4:00pm CDT—Closing Remarks: Mary Kathryn Barbier, SWWRGNA Co-Director

(Mississippi State University/United States Air Force Academy)


Contact Info: 

Jadwiga Biskupska and Mark Kathryn Barbier, SWWRGNA Co-Directors