This research theme examines the literary and cultural responses to modern war, from the eighteenth century to the present day, in national and transnational frames, and often with national and international collaborators. Key projects are listed below.
Towards a New History of Interwar Period
A conference entitled 1919-1939: Towards a New History of the Interwar Period was organised by Richard Dunley and Tom Richardson. It covered a range of issues across the interwar period, including key themes covered by the Conflict and Society Research Group. This three-day conference was attended by speakers from Australia and overseas.
Managers of Life Project
In his Managers of Life project, Neil Ramsey examines one of the most prolific forms of writing to appear during the Romantic era: military literature. Drawing on recent research into the entanglements of Romanticism with its wartime trauma and revisiting Michel Foucault’s ground-breaking work on military disciplinary practices and the biopolitics of modern war, this project considers how the Romantic era gave birth to modern forms of war writing. He has published widely on Romanticism in war, with articles appearing in Studies in Romanticism, Romanticism, and the Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies.