Dr Carden-Coyne is Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War (CCHW) in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.
Her latest book derives from an AHRC funded project, The Politics of Wounds: Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War, (Oxford University Press, 2014). An earlier monograph, Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2009) examines the impact of war on culture and society, and the powerful political and personal forces that motivated reconstruction between 1918 and 1933 in Britain, the United States and Australia, and reflecting on wider experiences in Europe. Carden-Coyne has edited a volume on Gender and Conflict Since 1914: Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Palgrave, 2012), which brings scholars from the humanities and social sciences together to consider the impact of war on gender roles in the past and present.
She lead a major project to commemorate the impact of war on the experience and imagining of war for the WW1 centenary, with Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery, resulting in the exhibition and fully illustrated catalogue, The Sensory War, 1914-2014. She has acted as acted as consultant for the Science Museum, Wellcome Trust and other cultural organisations, and contributed to international events such as the Sydney Festival and the Sydney Mardi Gras, and has published a commemorative booklet with the Guardian newspaper on 'Wounded Visionaries'.
Her current project (with Kate Darian Smith, Melbourne) focuses on young people, the world wars and cultural heritage, and includes a forthcoming special edition of Cultural and Social History. A futher project is with Prof Charles Green (Centre for Visual Arts, Melbourne University) explores war, art and humanitarianism.
CCHW includes Professor Peter Gatrell, Professor Bertrand Taithe, Dr Max Jones, Dr Jean Marc Dreyfus and Dr Laure Humbert. It has generated international conferences (War, Culture, Humanity (2004); War and Our World (2007); edits a book series on the cultural history of modern war with Manchester University Press; directs an innovative MA pathway in War, Culture and History and supports a significant range of exciting research by PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows.