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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.


Kate Bruce-Lockhart (Trinity, kdb29)

Jésus Chairez (Hughes Hall, jfc40)

Catherine Lee Porter (Caius, clp52)

Faculty advisor: Daniel Larsen, JRF Trinity


Schedule for Lent Term 2014

All meetings take place in the Wolfson Seminar Room (South) of Trinity College, between 17:00-19:00.

For abstracts see our page.

Tuesday 28 January

Kate Bruce-Lockhart (Trinity)  ‘Unsound’ Minds and Broken Bodies: The Detention of ‘Hardcore’ Mau Mau Women at Kamiti and Gitamayu Detention Camps

Tuesday 4 February 

Emily Bridger (Guest Speaker, University of Exeter) From ‘Mother of the Nation’ to ‘Lady Macbeth’: Winnie Mandela and Perceptions of Female Violence in South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle, 1985-1991

Tuesday 11 February

Graeme Thompson (Guest Speaker, University of Oxford) Imperial War and Democratic Peace: The Great War, Britishness, and Empire in Canadian Political Thought, 1914-1919

Tuesday 18 February

Hannah Young (Guest Speaker, UCL) Gender and Absentee Slave-ownership in the Late 18th and early 19th Century Britain

Wednesday 26 February, *16:45-20:15, Rushmore Room, St. Catharine's College*

Joint panel discussion with Modern European History Workshop, chair Professor Christopher Andrew (Corpus Christi), discussant Dr. Daniel Larsen (Trinity) Traitors versus Heroes? Interpreting Intelligence Gathering in the Modern Period

     Christian Bak (Christ’s)

     David Gioe (Corpus Christi) 

     Svetlana Lokhova (Cambridge) 

     Barry O’Connell (Peterhouse) 

     Jospeh McQuade (Trinity Hall) 

     Will Styles (Corpus Christi)  [titles to be confirmed] 


Tuesday 4 March

Adam Storring (St. John’s) Toward an Intellectual History of War

Wednesday 12 March

Sam Ottewill-Soulsby (Sidney Sussex) Family Rivalry and Rebellion on the Carolingian-Umayyad Frontier, 820-850



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