War and Emotions

This cluster engages scholars researching the emotional history of war, violence and conflict in any region or period.

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War is a permanent feature of human experience, a focus for intense emotions, and a subject of ongoing critical public interest. Researchers in this cluster investigate the emotional forms of war, both in their relation to the nature of individual historical conflicts, and in the changing expressive and performative modes through which they have been conceived and experienced.

Cultural productions – literature, art, theatre, music, historiography, philosophy and theology ­– interact powerfully with the historical event of war in the creation of the emotional and cognitive resources with which lives are lived. We consider the different emotional circumstances of life within individual wars, exploring the emotions of war as historical experiences whose production and expression is bound up in changing bodily, cultural and technological practices. Tracing the ways in which cultural discourses and practices have communicated the state of war to the historical record, we investigate how the experience and cultural repertoires of emotion within war have been shaped, in order to deepen understanding of the influence of the past on the present.

Collaborating Members

Dr Audrey Calefas-Strebelle, The University of Western Australia
Dr Erin Sebo, Flinders University
Guy Windsor, The School of European Swordsmanship, UK

Cluster Activities

‘Chivalry’ Masterclass, 26 June, 2014. The University of Western Australia.

In Form of War: Emotions and Warfare in Writing 1300-1820’ Symposium, 27-28 June 2014. CHE and Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group.

War and Emotions’ Public symposium, 17 August 17 2015. CHE and Centre for WA History. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia.

Mediating War in the Early Modern World, 1600–1815' Symposium, 17–18 November 2015. Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS), The University of New South Wales, Canberra.

Emotion, Ethics and War’ Workshop, 15 April 2016. CHE, The University of Western Australia.

‘Ports and Portals: Emotions in Encounter and Exchange’ Workshop, proposed dates: 12-15 June 2017, Split, Croatia. Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (ECCE).

Select Publications

David Konstan and Peter Meineck, eds, Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

Neil Ramsey and Gillian Russell, eds, Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture, Palgrave, 2015.

Stephanie Downes, Andrew Lynch, and Katrina O’Loughlin, eds, Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature, Palgrave, 2015.

Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn, eds, Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe. London: Routledge, 2015.

Megan Cassidy-Welch and A. E. Lester, eds, Crusades and Memory: Rethinking Past and Present. London: Routledge, 2015.

Dr Michael Ovens, 'Masculine Identity and the Rustics of Romance', Viator, 47 (1), 2015, pp. 45-56.

Main Outcomes

Research on Emotions and War

Individual and collaborative publishing

Workshops, symposia and conference papers and panels

Supervision and mentoring of graduate students

Public engagement activities

CHE Members

Andrew Lynch

The University of Western Australia

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Stephanie Downes

The University of Melbourne

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Katrina O'Loughlin

The University of Western Australia

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John Gagné (2014)

The University of Sydney

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Megan Cassidy-Welch (2014-2016)

The University of Queensland

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Michael Ovens

The University of Western Australia

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Gordon Raeburn

The University of Melbourne

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David Konstan

New York University

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Hannah Kilpatrick

The University of Melbourne

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Peter Reynolds

Newcastle University, UK

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Robert White

The University of Western Australia

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Susan Broomhall (Full term)

The University of Western Australia

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Neil Ramsey (2013)

The University of New South Wales

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Mirko Sardelic

The University of Western Australia

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