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Julia Welland

Assistant Professor of War Studies

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Email: J dot Welland at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24765 73457
Room: D1.19
Advice and feedback hours: By appointment.


I joined PAIS in September 2013 as a Teaching Fellow after completing my PhD at the University of Manchester. I was appointed Assistant Professor of War Studies in September 2016 and am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (September 2016 - August 2019).

Research interests

I have previously researched the gender relations at play in the recent counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. The research was particularly interested in exploring masculinity and the figure of the soldier, as well as the idea that counterinsurgency was represented as offering the opportunity for a 'softer' or 'gentler' form of soldiering.

My Leverhulme project (titled, 'Pleasure and Performance in Military Afterlives') explores positive or joyful experiences of veterans 'after' war. Focusing specifically on the embodied experiences of British and American veterans in a range of sites, the project contributes to sociological explorations of the military by taking the academic literature beyond a focus on trauma. Instead, the project traces the range of physical and emotional sensations experienced in order to produce a fuller conception of war and militarism's affective landscapes, and how they become an accepted part of national life.

More generally my research interests include:

  • Feminist approaches to global politics
  • War, militarism and militarisation
  • Critical Military Studies

Teaching and supervision

I am not directing or teaching any modules during my Leverhulme project, however, I am available for UG and PG dissertation supervision.

Recent publications

Edited collections

  • Julia Welland, Simona Sharoni, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen (2016), Handbook on Gender and War, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Book chapters

  • Julia Welland (forthcoming), 'Gender and war' in Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security edited by Caron E. Gentry, Laura Sjoberg and Laura Shepherd, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Julia Welland and Simona Sharoni (2016), 'Revisiting the relationship between gender and war: reflections on theory, research, activism and policy' in in Handbook on Gender and War, Julia Welland et al (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Julia Welland (2016), “Gender and ‘Population-Centric’ Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan” in Handbook on Gender and War, Julia Welland et al (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

(This chapter will also appear in a forthcoming edited collection: Unconventional Warfare edited by Brian Hughes and Fergus Robson, Palgrave Macmillan)

  • Julia Welland (2015), 'Compassionate soldiering and comfort' in Emotions, Politics and War, Linda Ahall and Thomas Gregory (eds), Abingdon: Routledge.