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CFP: ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’ workshop, the University of Warwick, UK, Friday, 4 May 2018

‘The Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program of The Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Amsterdam, State University of Arizona, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Birkbeck and Queen Mary Colleges at the University of London, Monash University, University of Warwick, Archivio di Stato di Prato) is investigating the complex, diverse, and multi-layered realities and understandings of ‘the body’ in medieval and early modern European societies and how these were shaped by the urban environment. The research program encompasses various subjects – art, architecture, literature, medicine, politics, religion, gender, society – and focusses on archival, textual, visual and environmental materials.

A workshop on ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’ will be held at the University of Warwick, UK on Friday, 4 May 2018. Topics of interest for submission include but are not limited to:

private and public space

physical violence

verbal violence

interpersonal violence

group violence

ritual violence

riot and rebellion



gender and violence

justice and punishment

representations of violence

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute presentations. Please send a 150-word abstract and brief biographical statement to by Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Accommodation and travel within the UK will be provided for speakers.

Mon 18 September 2017, 16:24 | Tags: Call for Papers, Workshop

Workshop: Religion and Violence in France 1500-2000, 15-16 September 2017, Trinity College Dublin.

A workshop on 'Religion and Violence in France 1500-2000' will be held on 15 and 16 September 2017 at Trinity College Dublin. For the programme and the abstracts of the papers, please click here. This workshop is open to the public but registration is required in advance. To register please e-mail Joseph Clarke at

Thu 17 August 2017, 15:52 | Tags: Workshop

CFP: 'A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity', University of Oxford, 29 June - 1 July 2017

This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period. Using violence and the restraint of violence as a unifying theme, participants are encouraged to make trans-national comparisons and connections across the early modern world. By examining large-scale, organized violence alongside broader social and cultural patterns, this conference will explore the boundaries between ‘war’ and ‘violence’, as well as how they relate to ideas of morality, social order, law, and political legitimacy in the early modern world. We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches. Confirmed speakers include: Wayne Lee, Alan McFarlane, Stuart Carroll, Pratyay Nath, Brian Sandberg, Cecile Vidal, Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Simon Layton, Richard Reid, and James Belich. We particularly welcome papers on violence in regions not covered by confirmed speakers, such as China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Africa.


More details at:


An abstract of 400 words, accompanied by a short (two-page) CV, should be submitted by 31 December 2016.



Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

Marie Houllemare, Institut Universitaire de France, Université d’Amiens (CHSSC)

Erica Charters, Global History Centre, University of Oxford

Tue 08 November 2016, 11:18 | Tags: Call for Papers

CFP, Postgraduate symposium on the writing and screening of violence in Russian culture

CFP, Postgraduate symposium on the writing and screening of violence in Russian culture, University of Oxford, 19 May 2017. For further details, please see the flyer.

Mon 31 October 2016, 15:20

A.T. Williams, A Passing Fury Searching for Justice at the End of World War II (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2016)

Any trial is an act of theatre.

After the horror of the Second World War, the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of the ‘free world’s’ choice of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity. But it was only a fragment of retribution as, with their Allies, the British embarked on the largest programme of war crimes investigations and trials in history.

This book exposes the deeper truth of this controlled scheme of vengeance. Moving from the scripted trial of Göring, Hess and von Ribbentrop, to the makeshift courtrooms where ‘minor’ war criminals (the psychotic SS officers, the brutal guards, the executioners) were prosecuted, A Passing Fury tells the story of the extraordinary enterprise, the investigators, the lawyers and the perpetrators and asks the question: was justice done?

A Passing Fury reassesses the value and flaws of the attempt to do justice in clear, engaging prose, bringing it to life for a new generation and demonstrating its contemporary relevance in responding to ‘evil’.

“‘The death of one man is a tragedy,’ Josef Stalin is said to have mused. ‘The deaths of a million is a statistic.’ A.T. Williams’s prize winning debut, A Very British Killing, was a passionately written investigation into the death of a single man – Baha Mousa, an innocent Iraqi hotel receptionist killed by British soldiers in Basra in 2003. This, his second book, is a study in myriad deaths – the Nazi perpetration of genocide – and a prolonged meditation on Stalin’s idea that the human mind cannot comprehend mass murder…His theme is the imperfect efforts made by the Allied military authorities…to bring the criminals responsible for these horrors to justice.” (Daily Telegraph)

"Splendid book… Much more than a historical narrative and assessment… This is a superb book which offers no easy answers but invites the reader to join its author on a grim odyssey." (History Today)

"This is a fine book that does a great job of debunking one of the most enduring myths in history." (History of War)

"Earnest, unsettling book… Williams is a thoughtful, lucid writer, with a lawyer’s appetite for detail… A Passing Fury is heartfelt, moving and often powerfully written." (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

"Haunting, sensitive and thoughtful study." (Nigel Jones Daily Telegraph)

“Williams has put together an original polemic against our assumptions about these trials, including those at Nuremberg.” (David Herman, New Statesman)

“…gripping and original” (The Catholic Herald)

Sat 04 June 2016, 17:48

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