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Violence and Conflict

Graduate Workshop


This workshop tackles the twin themes of violence and conflict throughout the ages. It seeks to bring together military historians with those looking at the social, cultural and political histories of violence. The use of the term “conflict” is intended to give an arena to histories of grand strategy and operational military history, while the generalized term “violence” widens the scope of the workshop beyond beyond formal war between states to include not only other forms of political violence, such as guerrilla warfare and terrorism, but also socio-cultural manifestations of violence and the impact of these on the groups and individuals who must live with their consequences. In general, the aim is to take a broad, holistic approach to the topic, cutting across periods and specialisations and attracting students with all sorts of different interests connected to our central themes.


James Wilson -

Joseph McQuade -

Kate Bruce-Lockhart -

Naomi Parkinson -

Ishan Mukherjee -


Faculty advisor: Dr. Daniel Larsen, JRF Trinity; Dr N Mora-Sitja

Lent 2016

  • January 21st: Special event with the Society for army Historical Research, 'War From the Ground Up: Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics,' Emile Simpson, Kings College London, 6pm, Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St. John's College
  • February 5th: Zheng Guan, University of Oxford, 'The Bombing of Xi'an in China's War of Resistance, 1937-1945'
  • February 12th: Louis Halewood, University of Oxford, 'Bischer Nicht Gemeldet': British attempts to assess German manpower reserves during the Great War'
  • February 19th: Naim Bro Khomasi, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, 'War Outcome and State-Building in Chile and Peru'
  • February 26th: TBA

Michaelmas 2015

  • November 4th - Shinjini Sing (Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge), 'Revolutionary Millenarianism in India’s Red Corridor: A case study of the Maoist movement in Jharkhand'
  • November 11th - Matthew Lewis (King’s College London), 'Conflict and Modernity in Algeria: A dialectical interpretation of strategy and urban war.'
  • November 18th - Alix Chartrand (Faculty of History, Cambridge), 'Banditry and the Law: The problems of Toryism and thuggee in early modern Ireland and eighteenth century India.'
  • November 25th - Laurence Gautier (Faculty of History, Cambridge), 'Revisiting the Discourse on the ‘Rise’ of ‘Identity Politics’ in India: The case of Aligarh Muslim University.'
  • December 2nd - Joseph Florez (Faculty of History, Cambridge), 'Pentecostal Social Thought and Action, la Misión Iglesia Pentecostal, and military authoritarianism in Chile'
Meetings of the Violence and Conflict Workshop take place from 4pm on Fridays in Room S3 of the Alison Richards Building at the Sidgwick Site For any further information about the workshop, or to submit a paper, please contact us at



All meetings take place in Room S3 of the Alison Richards Building at the Sidgwick Site.

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