Organization: The Portuguese Phaleristics Academy (A.F.P.) & CLEGH
Seat: Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon – Military Academy, Amadora – Batalha Monastery – Portugal
Dates: 21-23 November, 2014
The Portuguese Phaleristics Academy (Academia Falerística de Portugal), Lisbon, Portugal, organizes with the support of several entities the I International Colloquium – The Great War in Phaleristics, to commemorate the I Centenary of the First World War.
Its aim is to examine the impact of the Great War in Phaleristics, emphasizing the creation or the award of specific military or campaign medals and other decorations related with the War period, by the belligerent Nations, in an historical perspective, focusing on recent research and new approaches.
The Organizing Committee sent invitations to several well-known phalerists and published in early January a Call for Papers, also sent to other Phaleristic Societies with the request of publicizing it.
Immediate support came from our friends of Studiekring Faleristiek (SKF); MEDEC (Belgium); the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA); the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS); and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ordenskunde (DGO), to whom we wish to thank.
Fourteen communications were accepted, from 16 participants, representing 8 different countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom and the U.S.A.
Unfortunately, collaboration from other WWI belligerent countries was not possible to obtain namely, from Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.
The Colloquium will have five sessions which will be taking place at the Lusíada University, in Lisbon, the Military Academy, in Amadora and at the emblematic Monastery of Batalha, where lie the Tombs of the Portuguese Unknown Soldiers to whom a tribute shall be paid at the last day of the Colloquium.
The communications have been divided in four themes:
Theme I – The War Crosses;
Theme II – New Medals and Decorations;
Theme III – Campaign Medals; and
Theme IV- Commemorative Medals.
The Colloquium will include the opening of an Exhibition on the Phaleristics of the Great War, with a display of orders, medals and decorations related with the Great War, both Portuguese and foreign, and a collection of documents, iconography and bibliography, from private collectors.
The Proceedings will be published and launched at the Closing Session at the Monastery of Batalha, at a reduced price.
The Colloquium is open to the public with previous registration, till October 30, 2014.