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.
Jésus Chairez (Hughes Hall, jfc40)
Patrick Clibbens (Pembroke, phmc2)
Catherine Lee Porter (Caius, clp52)
Gui Xi Young (Fitz, gxay2)
Faculty advisor: Daniel Larsen, JRF Trinity
Schedule for Michaelmas Term 2013
All meetings take place opposite the History Faculty in the Alison Richard Building (Seminar Room S2), between 17:30-19:00.
For abstracts see our Talks.cam page.
Tues 22 October
Daniel McArthur Seal (St Johns)
Gunpowder, treason and plot: policing political violence in Constantinople and Alexandria, 1918-1923
Tues 29 October
Niall Geraghty (Guest speaker, Centre for Latin American Studies/Darwin)
Violent Reverberations: The Politics of History in César Aira’s ‘Ema, la cautiva’ (Ema, The Captive)
*Fri 1st November, 4pm* Special roundtable on ‘Violence and the Supernatural’
Speakers to be announced (abstracts welcome)
Violence & the Supernatural
Tues 12 November
Fraser McNair (Pembroke)
Images of violence in 10th Century Princely Charters
Tues 12 November *This talk will be rescheduled for Lent Term 2014*
Hannah Young (Guest speaker, UCL)
Gender and Absentee Slave-ownership in the Late 18th Century
Tues 19 November
Ciaran McDonnell (Guest speaker, NUI Maynooth, Ireland)
A ‘fair chance’? The Catholic Irish Brigade and the British government, 1793-98.
Tues 26 November
Dan Robinson (Peterhouse)
Religious Violence and the Peace of Christendom in C18th New England
*Wed 27 November, 17.30* Deighton Room, Trinity
Laura Tisdall (Kings)
Coming of Age When Winter is Coming: the Stark Choices of Late Medieval and Early Modern Youth
*Paper and discussion of GRR Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’
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