• Events

    Visualising War in Different Media: Interplay and Intervention

    An immersive workshop organised by Alice König (arw6@st-andrews.ac.uk)  Monday 8th April 2019 The aim: This immersive workshop will offer researchers an opportunity to reflect, in an interdisciplinary context, on two important issues at the heart of the Visualising War research project: the power of different media to generate varying responses to war for different viewers/audiences in different periods and places; and the ways in which interaction between different media can influence our reception of individual narratives and broader habits of visualising war. Following on from the project’s recent Ethics of Engagement workshop, there will be a particular focus on war stories as ‘interventions’, with input from researchers, artists and performers. In particular, we…

  • Publications

    JWCS: Special Issue on War, Peace, and Sport

    The Journal of War and Culture Studies seeks submissions for a special issue exploring the relationship between war, peace and sport from the nineteenth century to the present day. At various points in human history, but most notably perhaps in the late nineteenth century, sport has been conceived as a means of preparing young, usually male bodies and minds for combat. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the nineteenth century also bore witness to the rise of nationalism; physical education in many Western European nations, for example, often bore a deliberate resemblance to military training. The nation state and the two processes (the development of sports and national cultures) have often been…

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    Bringing War to Book

    Writing and Producing the Military Memoir Authors: Woodward, Rachel, Jenkings, K. Neil To purchase or more information from Palgrave This book explores how military memoirs come to be written and published. Looking at the journeys through which soldiers and other military personnel become writers, the authors draw on over 250 military memoirs published since 1980 about service with the British armed forces, and on interviews with published military memoirists who talk in detail about the writing and production of their books.  A range of themes are explored including: the nature of the military memoir; motivations for writing; authors’ reflections on their readerships; inclusions and exclusions within the text; the memories and materials that…

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    Falklands/Malvinas: War, Media and Society – History and Legacy

    Thursday 25th April and Friday 26th April 2019 Hosted by the University of Manchester. Almost thirty-seven years have passed since the Falklands/Malvinas War and yet the conflict still resonates in the UK and Argentina. Once a little known far flung archipelago for the British, it is now recalled on a frequent basis with throwbacks to the ‘British Age’. For Argentines, the Islands still remain a symbol of national pride and identity under la causa Malvinas. The remoteness of the Islands, which proffered the War’s logistical implications, also continues to be of interest to nations external to the War, offering war-strategy and media management models. Now, as the fortieth anniversary approaches and…

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    Workshop: Creative Methods in Military Studies

    Wednesday 5thJune 2019 Newcastle University How do we do critical military studies? CMS has done much to explore the myriad sites, subjects and practices of military power, considering for example military memoirs (Woodward 2003; Woodward & Jenkings 2012, 2018), toys and video games (Martin & Steuter 2010; Woodyer 2012; Yarwood 2015), sport (Kelly 2012; Cree & Caddick forthcoming) and even food products (Tidy 2015).More recently, emerging work has begun to consider the creative and performing arts as lenses through which to explore militarised culture, including theatre (Basham & Bulmer forthcoming; Purnell & Danilova 2018), dance (Åhäll 2018), and music (Cree forthcoming; Baker forthcoming). This work gives texture to our understandings…