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!
To find out more about our team click here.
To read our mission statement click here.