Interdisciplinary and international in scope, the distinct focus of the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS) emphasises cultural histories and cultural production as significant forces that have shaped experiences, representations and memories of war. It provides a forum for the analysis, discussion and dissemination of original research exploring the relationship between war and culture in the modern and contemporary era amongst established scholars and specialists in the field, while encouraging the contributions of doctoral students, early career researchers and independent scholars. Our focus, therefore, is:

  • The relationship between war and culture during conflict and its aftermath
  • The forms and practices of cultural transmission in times of war
  • The impact of war on cultural production, cultural identity and international cultural relations
  • Comparative, cross-cultural representation of the experiences of war and conflict in cultural productions

Historical scope: wars and conflicts in the modern and contemporary 
periods (understood as the European modern era, late eighteenth century 
to the present day)

Geographical scope: wars and conflicts across world geographical and 
cultural areas

Become a member

Membership of the network permits:

  • Email notification of future GWACS events.
  • E-mail notification of relevant war and culture studies information, events and publications.

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Subscribe to our journal

If you wish to subscribe to them Journal of War and Culture Studies, please visit our publisher, Maney's, website. We are very pleased that Maney are able to offer a discounted rate to the

Group for War and Culture Studies
(GWACS) members for 4 issues of the journal a year:

Print and online subscription - £43
Online-only subscription - £32

If you are affiliated to an institution, you may also wish to take an institutional subscription in addition or instead of the individual subscription so that other colleagues and students have access to the journal:

Print and online subscription - £304
Online-only subscription - £249

Further information

If you are interested in finding out more about the activities of the GWACS, participating in a seminar, residency, or the journal, becoming an associate member, making a comment, or contributing in any other way, please contact:

Helena Scott (office hours Mon-Fri, 2pm-5pm)
T: 020 3506 8926

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