The War Through Other Stuff Society was created to bring together those with an interest in the non-military history of war and conflict. The legacies and repercussions of conflict can be found everywhere: in artefacts, documents, technology, arts, food, fashion and the products we use in daily life. By looking across time periods, across countries, across gender, across roles, we aim to bring together these alternative narratives and re-address our understanding of conflicts throughout history. We want to look at the ‘other stuff.’
The WTOS Society began as a three-day conference at the University of Edinburgh in February 2017. Following this, we realized we wanted to continue the conversation. Our first workshop took place at Leeds City Museum in September 2017. We then teamed up with the First World War Network and Everyday Lives of War for the ‘Witnessing War’ workshop, which took place at the University of Hertfordshire in March 2018. We also have a special issue of the journal Critical Military Studies exploring the concept of WTOS coming out in winter 2018/2019.
We are so thankful for all the support we have received thus far, and we can’t wait to see where the WTOS Society goes in the future!
The War Through Other Stuff team are:
Laura Harrison (University of Edinburgh)
Co-founder / @
Laura recently submitted her PhD in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research considers nineteenth-century commemorations of the medieval Scottish Wars of Independence, in which her focus is on the regional nature of commemoration. She is a co-founder of the Scottish History Network and the PhD blog ‘Pubs and Publications.’ She completed her MSc in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, and her BA/BEd from Brock University in Canada.
Lucie Whitmore (University of Glasgow)
Co-founder / @
Lucie is a final year doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD thesis questions how women’s fashion was changed by the First World War, and what we can learn about war and the consequences of war through the study of surviving garments. She worked as an intern at the Museum of Edinburgh alongside her PhD from 2014-2017, where she co-curated a new permanent costume gallery. She recently published an article on mourning dress in WW1 in Women’s History Review.
Catherine Bateson (University of Edinburgh)
Co-founder / @
Catherine recently submitted her thesis at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the Irish experience of the American Civil War and how it was expressed through songs written by and about Irish soldiers who participated in the conflict, as well as analysing the transnational impact of Irish American diasporic musical culture in 1860s America. She was the co-producer of the British Library’s ‘Britain and the American Civil War’ online exhibition. She is the current social media secretary for the Scottish Association for the Study of America and the University of Edinburgh’s Modern Irish History seminar series.
Mark Butterfield (Leeds Beckett University)
Committee member / @MarkB7612
Mark is a first year PhD researcher with the Heritage Consortium. His research focuses on the aftermath of the First World War on service personnel and their communities throughout the interwar years, using the West Riding of Yorkshire as a local case study. Mark is a former soldier, having served with 3rd Battalion The Rifles. He returned to civilian life and completed his BA in English and History and MA in Social History at Leeds Beckett University where he remains for his PhD research.
Matilda Greig (European University Institute)
Committee member / @matilda_greig
Matilda is a final year doctoral researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, and holds previous degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Leiden. She is interested in how books and illustrations are used to ‘sell’ war to the public, and is writing a thesis on the published memoirs of Napoleonic soldiers from France, Britain, Spain, and Portugal. She is the founder of a blog showcasing some of the best stories from these books, Our Tale Begins.
Hanna Smyth (University of Oxford)
Committee member / @hannamsmyth
Hanna is a third year doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on First World War Imperial War Graves Commission memorials and cemeteries, and how they represented different aspects of identity for South Africa, India, Australia, and Canada 1918-1938. She currently convenes the Globalising & Localising the Great War research seminar at Oxford, and works in a public engagement role at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). She completed her MA Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, and her BA Classical Archaeology and History from the University of British Columbia.