Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century. University of Hull, 20th – 21st May 2015.

Keynotes: Doctor Holly Furneaux and Professor Joanne Bailey.

To commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the lasting impact of the Napoleonic Wars upon the history of militarism, submissions are welcomed for ‘Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century’, an interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Hull on the 20th and 21st May 2015. We welcome papers from scholars across the humanities on the topic of nineteenth-century ‘military’ manliness. The conference will encompass a range of themes relating to notions of gender, war and empire, exploring the ways in which nineteenth-century society responded and reacted to ideas of militarism and mobilised manhood.

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Image used with kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

The Napoleonic Wars.
Victorian war and empire.
Hero worship.
Military fashion.
Returning soldiers.
Soldiers and families (military fathers, husbands and sons).
Military hierarchies.
Men and nursing.
The revival of chivalry and past manly archetypes.
Military masculinity in art and music.
Artistic masculinity during wartime.
Violent, criminal masculinity.
Emotion, trauma and the nervous body.
Physicality and sport.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to either Anna Maria Barry or Emma Butcher [ and] by 5 January 2015.

We anticipate that the registration fee will be £50, with a discounted price of £35 for postgraduate students. This will include lunch and refreshments on both days.

In affiliation with Hull University’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and Waterloo 200.

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