New International Research Network: PASSIONS OF WAR

Passions of War is the name of a new international research network, funded by the British Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The Network brings together EU and international participants, representing a range of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, to investigate the influence of war, from the early modern period to the end of the Second World War, on constructions of gender and sexual practices, and how these constructions and practices have, in turn, conditioned the ways in which wars are waged, mediated, felt and understood.

A trip to Cock’s Heath, 1778 by W. Humphrey.  © The Trustees of the British Museum

A trip to Cock’s Heath, 1778 by W. Humphrey.
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Passions of War will explore cross-disciplinary perspectives on gender, sexuality and conflict between 1550 and 1945. A distinguishing feature of the Network will be the re-examination of standard accounts of war, gender and sexuality in the light of alternative, emergent and marginalised histories, with particular emphasis on histories of emotions. Four workshops will take place between June 2015 and October 2116, focussing on ‘Identities’ (Ghent), ‘Intimacies’ and ‘Spaces’ (Leicester) and ‘Resistances’ (London).

Research findings from the four workshops will be discussed with museum practitioners from the Dr. Guislain Museum and the National Army Museum. It is one of the project’s objectives to engage and inform non-academic audiences through input into museum displays, as well as through a weekly blog and educational resources.

The Network is a co-operation between the English Department of Leicester University, the Group for Early Modern Studies at Ghent University, the National Army Museum in London and the Museum Dr. Guislain (Ghent). The AHRC awarded the network grant to Prof. Philip Shaw (Principal Investigator, University of Leicester) and Dr. Cornelis van der Haven (Co-Investigator, Ghent University).

For further information about the network please contact Prof. Philip Shaw: