Dr Carden-Coyne is co-Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War (CCHW) in 2003, and has been deployed in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA) in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.
Her 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 is currently leading a 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, with an art exhibition 'The Sensory War, 1914-2014'. She has acted as acted as consultant for the Wellcome Trust's War and Medicine exhibition and made other contributions 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 next monograph is entitled 'The Politics of Wounds: Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War', (Oxford University Press, due out October 2014) and fully illustrated.
CCHW includes Professor Penny Summerfield, Professor Peter Gatrell, Professor Bertrand Taithe and Dr Max Jones. 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 program in War, Culture and History in conjunction with the Media Centre and the Imperial War Museum North (IWMN); and supports a significant range of exciting research by PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows.