Love & War: 1914-2024 – SYMPOSIUM

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Date / time: 15 May - 17 May, 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Queen's University Belfast, Ulster Museum Belfast

Love & War: 1914-2024 - SYMPOSIUM


You are warmly invited to ‘Love & War: 1914-2024’, 15-17th May 2024, an interdisciplinary symposium organised by Alison Garden and Ruth Duffy. This will be held at Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster Museum, in collaboration with the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, the Institute of Irish Studies and the school of Arts, English and Languages.

This event is free but booking is essential. For more information and to book, please see:

We will open on the 15th May with an evening lecture from Professor Fran Brearton, ‘“Noli timere, frater”: Love, Letters and War’. The programme also includes a curator’s tour of ‘The Troubles and Beyond’ at the Ulster Museum; a reading from the poet Michael Longley; and the following talks:

Dr Ann-Marie Foster (Robert Gordon University), ‘Love and Grief in the First World War’;

Dr Samraghni Bonnerjee (University of Sheffield), ‘Nursing the Lover’s Body or Prescribing the Personal Boundaries of Race’.

Dr Maurice Casey (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘The Leonhards: A Family History of Refugee Routes, 1933-1945’;

Dr Niamh Cullen (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘“Oh Fascism! The Duce! […] He only wanted boys. To make war”: The politics of maternal love in Italy during fascism and afterwards’.

Anna Liesching (Ulster University/National Museums NI), ‘Never Static: Alice Berger Hammerschlag’s Impact on Belfast’;

Dr Síobhra Aiken (Queen’s University Belfast) ‘Civil war as love triangle: the interplay between romance and trauma-telling’.

Professor Radhika Mohanram (Cardiff University), ‘Gender/Violence as Metaphor: Literature of the Indian Partition’;

Dr Sarah Irving (Staffordshire University), ‘From the Enlightenment to the Second Nakba: reading literary love during the war on Gaza’.

Dr Sabiha Allouche (University of Exeter), ‘All is not fair in Love and War: Historical Amnesia and Non-Futurity in the Lebanese TV series Fire on Fire’;

Dr Mor Cohen (University of Sheffield), ‘Bilingual transgressions in Samira Saraya’s performance’.

Dr Althea-Maria Rivas (SOAS), ‘Cultures of Violence, Rituals of Love’;

Dr Azadeh Sobout (Ulster University), ‘The many meanings of love: Cartographies of war and resistance in life-histories of Afghan Refugee men in Iran’.Dr Olesya Khromeychuk (UCL/Ukrainian Institute), ‘Driven by love: Ukraine’s stories of war and resistance’;

Dr Roxani Krystalli (University of St. Andrews), “Watching the forest breathe”: Love, place, and the politics of attention’.

Concluding roundtable and final thoughts with Dr Eli Davies, Dr Dónal Hassett, Malika Saleh and Bayan Haddad.


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