Department of History

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Dr Chris Kempshall

Post:Associate Tutor (History)
Location:ARTS A A021 HAHP School Office
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My recently completed DPhil research examines the relationships and interactions between British and French soldiers on the Western Front of the First World War.

In February 2012 I was selected to participate in an AHRC collaborative workshop to inform and influence BBC thinking around their centenary coverage.

I am also a contributor to the open educational resources project WW1 Continuations and Beginnings organised in conjunction with the University of Oxford and JISC

I began at Sussex in 2002 studying Media Practice and Theory at Undergraduate level. I was able to take numerous History classes alongside my Media major and build up my interest in the representations of modern conflict.

In 2005 I took my MA in Contemporary War and Peace Studies also at Sussex.

In January of 2008 I returned to university to begin studying my DPhil.

I was also an inaugural Research Hive Scholar in the library.


I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow to the Centre for the History of War and Society. I have been an Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex for several years where I have taught and lectured on the First World War.



PhD - Contemporary History at the University of Sussex 2013. Thesis title: Unwilling allies?: Tommy-Poilu relations on the Western Front 1914-1918

MA - Contemporary War and Peace Studies at the University of Sussex 2006

BA (Hons) -  Media Practice and Theory at the University of Sussex 2005



11 June 2009
Sussex University HUMS Conference: Transitions – An Interdisciplinary Conference, Lewes
Invited Chair for panel ‘Identity, the East and the West’
11-12 July 2008
War, Representation and Documentary Conference
University of Sussex
Guardian Newspaper Article
Can we make doctoral researchers better collaborators?
08 August 2011
Other Activities
I am a contributor to the WW1 Centenary Continuations and Beginnings website: