Sexuality and conflict: International seminar tackles the construction of gender, sexuality and warfare in history, art and literature

Posted by ap507 at Feb 15, 2016 11:21 AM |
University of Leicester to host two day event titled Passions of War

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 February 2016

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  • Discussion will examine the relations between gender, sexuality and war across a range of media and disciplines
  • Workshop will take place between February 19 and 20 at College Court

Do questions of gender and sexuality play a significant part in the way wars are waged, mediated and understood?

This month, academics from across the world will visit Leicester to explore this question.

Passions of War, held on February 19 and 20, aims to encourage cross-disciplinary debate about the relations between gender, sexuality and conflict between 1500 and 1945.

Organised by the University of Leicester's School of English and the Department of English Studies at Ghent University, the symposium will include speakers from Australia, Denmark, Italy and the US.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the result will be a series of essays and articles, which will be made available through a range of media, including blogs, podcasts and contributions to themed museum displays in London and Ghent.

Principal investigator for the AHRC Research Network Professor Philip Shaw said: “The workshops will provide an opportunity for scholars to explore the relations between gender, war and sexuality.

“A key aim of the workshops will be to foster dialogue between UK, European and International scholars working across the disciplines in the arts and humanities and the social sciences.

“Topics for discussion will include: domestic intimacy in wartime spaces; homoerotic desire on, and off, the battlefield; the experiences of trans* veterans; cultures of male care-giving and the construction of military masculinities.”

The confirmed international speakers include: Neil Ramsey (UNSW Canberra); Brian Joseph Martin (Williams College MA); Kathrin Maurer (University of Southern Denmark); Diego Saglia (Università Degli Studi di Parma).

The event is being run in partnership with Ghent University, with Dr Cornelis van der Haven, as co-investigator on the project.

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For more information please contact:

Professor Philip Shaw

Professor of Romantic Studies

University of Leicester

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

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