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 two special issues of the British Journal for Military History coming out in summer 2018.
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)
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)
Lucie is a final year doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, studying women’s fashion in First World War Britain. Her research seeks to explore the social, cultural and emotional experiences of women on the Home Front through surviving items of dress in museum collections. She has worked as an intern at the Museum of Edinburgh throughout her PhD, recently co-curating a new costume gallery.
Catherine Bateson (University of Edinburgh)
Catherine is a final year doctoral researcher 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.