Prof Ana Carden-Coyne

Professor of History

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Professor Ana Carden-Coyne is Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War (CCHW) in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures. She is currently PI (with CI Prof Charles Green, Melbourne University) on a major AHRC project, Understanding Displacement Aesthetics and Making Change in the Art Gallery with Refugees, Migrants and Host Communities (2021-24), with partners Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth

Her books include The Politics of Wounds: Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War, (Oxford University Press, 2014), examining the medical, social and cultural experiences of wounded soldiers and those charged with treating them, from frontline to home front, including stretcher bearers; doctors and nurses, physiotherapists, arguing that the social relations that war wounds generate are fundamentally political. In Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2009), she examined 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 co-edited volume 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. In 2020, she co-edited a special issue (with Kate Darian Smith) for Cultural and Social History on Young People and the Two World Wars: Visuality, Materiality and Cultural Heritage, including her peer reviewed essay on Boy Mascots, Heroes and Orphans. She has also published her research in Critical Military Studies, among others.

During the centenary of WW1, she led a major commemoration project 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'.

She is international partners investigator on a major Australian Research Council project with teh Australian War Memorial, Art in Conflict (end 2021)

CCHW includes Professor Peter Gatrell, Professor Bertrand Taithe, Dr Max Jones, Dr Jean Marc Dreyfus and Dr Laure Humbert, and Dr Ewa Ochman. 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.

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