A project to research the stories of First World War pacifist women and men in Canterbury, which will also organise several plays about Austrian First World War pacifist Bertha von Suttner.
Working with University of Canterbury students, lecturers and local historians, this project will research the stories of First World War pacifist women, men and their families in Canterbury. It will then write articles for publication, using the research about conscientious objectors, opposition to militarism and campaigns for a new world order. It will also organise workshops/seminars at the University of Canterbury, Workers' Educational Association, University of the Third Age and schools to discuss the research. We will establish a dedicated website for the research at the University of Canterbury.
In addition, we will organise four performances of a one-woman play about the life of Austrian First World War pacifist Bertha von Suttner in at least four New Zealand cities. (Suttner was the first female recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of the acclaimed novel 'Lay Down Your Arms'.) These will stimulate discussions after the performances and media interest in pacifism and alternatives to war.
The first performance of 'Soul of Fire: She Fought For Peace' was held in Christchurch on 26 September 2015.