“War and Wounds,” with Ana Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester), via Skype

EC October 6, Tuesday at 1:00 in DIAM 242

Politics of War WoundsAna Carden-Coyne will be discussing her recent book, The Politics of Wounds (Oxford University Press, 2014), which explores military patients’ experiences of frontline medical evacuation, war surgery, and the social world of military hospitals during the First World War. The proximity of the front and the colossal numbers of wounded created greater public awareness of the impact of the war than had been seen in previous conflicts, with serious political consequences. She will also present images from “The Sensory War, 1914-2014,” an art exhibit on the experience and imagining of war for the WW1 centenary, at the Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery.

Dr. Carden-Coyne is co-Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War at the University of Manchester, UK and a specialist on the impact of war on gender roles in the past and present. 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, Australia, and 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 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.”

Student Discussions:

  • Ethics and History of Medical Practices and Wound Healing in WWI October 27, 2015 Kay ShigemoriAs a biology major and as someone who is automatically wired to think about the mechanical/technical (thinking about the biological mechanisms) aspects of healthcare and medical practice when the topic ...
  • Culture of wounds October 26, 2015 Jay MooreThe technology used in the Great War used to kill enemy troops greatly developed between previous wars. The Great War saw the introduction of poisonous gases, the use of full ...
  • The WWI Military Hospital Experience October 20, 2015 eroakleyDuring her talk, “War and Wounds,” Anna Carden-Coyle, raised the idea that the World War I hospital, with its patients and its nurses, reversed the Victorian dichotomy of the active ...
  • Ana Carden-Coyle and WWI Hospitals October 19, 2015 Rachel BirdDuring my sophomore year of high school I was seriously injured during gymnastics practice, and had to have multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy to repair my left arm. ...
  • Healing and Gender October 6, 2015 Kathryn ChowAfter Ana Carden-Coyne’s gripping analysis of the physical, emotional, and political effects of wounds during World War I, I found myself fascinated by the role of gender in triage. In ...