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


Research categories

Building on work by Bourke (1996), Noakes (1998), Snyder (1999), Burg (2001), Boxwell (2002), Goldstein (2003), Halladay (2004), Rachamimov (2006), Frevert (2007), Meyer (2011), Martin (2011) and Vickers (2013), as well as on the pioneering work of partners in Belgium and the Netherlands focussing on war, gender, sexuality and the history of the emotions (GEMS and the Amsterdam Centre for Comparative Emotion and Sensory Studies: ACCESS, VU University), the Passions of War Research Network invites participants to undertake cross- and multi-disciplinary research in response to the following research categories:

Identities (workshop 1)
military masculinities; war and feminism; female soldiers; mythical warriors; gender exhibitionism; military men and women as objects of desire; dress, drill and discipline; camp life; domesticity and familial feeling; alternative family structures; naval identities; military discipline and ‘effeminate’ emotions; sexuality and shame; gendered emotional regimes; wives, mothers and orphans

Workshop programme

Intimacies (workshop 2)
same-sex desire on and off the battlefield; male nurses; wounding, caring, comforting, nursing; regimental intimacies; soldierly mothering/fathering; erotics of violence; conflict-related sexual violence; martial objects; war-time memorabilia/souvenirs; letters and parcels; pets, talismans, mascots; cooking, sewing, craftwork and domestic work on campaign; music and dance; erotics of mourning

Spaces (workshop 3)
gendered battlegrounds; battlefield entertainments; siege warfare and sexualisation; war play and re-enactments; military architectures; warfronts/homefronts; erotic geographies; emotional climates: heat and cold; signs and signals; sentimental battlefields; training grounds; wastelands; slimescapes; sex, war and visuality; activity and passivity on and off the field of war; overground and underground; over here and over there.   

Resistances (workshop 4)
emotionality and disorder; sexual dissidence; alternative masculinities; early and late Foucault: discipline, punishment and friendships; nostalgia, melancholy and gendered emotions; dreams and fantasies; love for the enemy; pacifisms; war trauma: before and after Freud; desertion and shame; colonial conflicts; official and unofficial communications; code and slang; crowds and power.


Coming soon


BBC Radio Leicester roundtable discussion on Hiroshima featuring Dr Alexander Korb, director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


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