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Conflict and Society

Meet our staff The Conflict and Society Research Group has outstanding research expertise in the history and literary representation of conflict from the Roman Empire to the modern day in a broad international context. The group connects the research interests of twelve Northumbria humanities scholars and a large group of postgraduate students making for a lively, and growing, research community.

Our research examines ‘conflict’ in its broadest sense, spanning not only international warfare but also revolutions and political, religious and civil unrest. Members are also actively engaged in understanding the many ways in which the past informs the present.

Key themes and topics include:

  • nationalism and loyalism
  • civilian experiences of conflict
  • prisoners of war
  • race, gender and religious identities
  • peace movements and anti-war protest
  • refugees and exiles during wartime
  • cultural exchange and conflict
  • propaganda, journalism and censorship
  • literary and cultural representation of conflict
  • memory and memorialisation
  • genocide and the Holocaust

In recent years, the group has published major books on masculinity and warfare, the Tudor occupation of Boulogne, the history of the Holocaust, and the cultural history of Ulster Protestantism. The work of group members has also recently appeared in outstanding international journals, such as Past & Present, the English Historical Review, Literature & History, and the Journal of British Studies.

Group members have led two projects regarding the First World War and its aftermath. The AHRC funded ‘Dominion Geordies in World War One’ and ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Rebuilding of Europe, 1918–1926’’ was conducted in partnership with the National Union of Students and Workers’ Educational Association and was also funded by the AHRC. Moreover, Northumbria historians have organised a series of events on different aspects of conflicts. Recent examples include ‘Wild War One’ (a public symposium on the First World War and the environment) and ‘Objects in and after Conflict’ (a two-day conference organised by the group’s postgraduate members funded by the AHRC and the Royal Historical Society).

This research group was founded by Dr Linsey Robb, a specialist in the history of British Second World War Home Front. The group will run regular activities on related themes. Please visit the research page and members' individual profile pages for further details on research expertise and related publications.

Please contact the current group convenor, Dr Dominic Williams, if you have any further questions about the group, its research or activities.


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