Centre for the Cultural History of War

The Centre for the Cultural History of War is a research and teaching centre dedicated to understanding the impact of war on culture and society, and the representation of war and its consequences in the modern world.

Our focus considers the following, often interlocking, themes:

  • cultural responses to war and conflict
  • refugees and displaced people
  • humanitarian relief and medicine
  • gender and conflict
  • heroes and heroism
  • children and young people
  • genocide and violence
  • memory and museums

At the core of the Centre is a team of established and newly appointed academic staff who coordinate and disseminate research both nationally and internationally. We support a new generation of research students and postdoctoral fellows in this field, attracting funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, and forming the basis of the departmental research group.

CCHW oversees the MA pathway in War and Culture, maintains strong PhD recruitment, and offers exciting undergraduate courses in the field, and work closely with our local cultural partners such as the Imperial War Museum North (IWMN), the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

The Centre hosts collaborative research grant bids and sustains an extensive set of impact activities, including public exhibitions, radio and TV programmes, projects with charities and with young learners.