Representing War Trauma in the Nineteenth Century
Organized by Emma Butcher (University of Hull) and James Rogers (University of York)
Fri 5 May 2017
15:00 – 17:30 BST
Throughout history, war trauma has remained an abstract and often silent phenomenon. This panel discussion brings together three academics whose research draws on the literature and culture of nineteenth-century warfare, discussing the presence and treatment of war trauma in the arts and society at large. After three short talks, there will be time for discussion followed by a free wine reception.
This panel discussion is the first event in our newly-formed, Wellcome-funded 'Legacies of War Trauma' project. Our project explores how notions of war trauma have evolved throughout modern history. The aim is to uncover how different disciplines have interpreted this challenging topic, and how each has influenced historic and current conceptions. Our collaborators, advisors and delegates range from historians to military practitioners, artists to war scholars, inviting discussions that ignite new understandings and working partnerships.
The panel will consist of:
Holly Furneaux (University of Cardiff)
Holly's research is in Victorian literature and culture, and Victorian legacies, with an emphasis on gender, forms of family, sexuality, touch and emotion. Holly is currently building on an AHRC funded project Military Men of Feeling, in partnership with the National Army Museum. Holly is now exploring a longer cultural history of military masculinity from the eighteenth century to the First World War, and working with Compton Verney and the National Army Museum to develop a Soldier Art exhibition.
Alastair Massie (National Army Museum)
Alastair is the Director of Research and Academic Access at the National Army Museum and has authored a number of books on war, including 'The Crimean War: The Untold Stories'.
Catherine Wynne (University of Hull)
Catherine is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Hull. She is author of the Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage (2013) and The Colonial Conan Doyle (2002). She is editor of Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to Transformations (in press). She is currently completing the first biography of the British war artist and traveller, Lady Butler.