Weapons in Society IV – CONFERENCE

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Date / time: 12 March, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Royal Armouries Museum

Weapons in Society IV - CONFERENCE


This one-day academic conference presents the latest research from the field of arms and armour. The event offers an opportunity, particularly for museums professionals, postgraduates, early career researchers, and independent scholars, to meet, share ideas, and network.

Ticket sales close on 29 February 2024, and the conference takes place on 12 March 2024. Registration will take place between 9:15am and 9:45am, and the conference will close at: 6pm. Accepted papers include:

Keynote speaker:
Dr Laura Considine, Associate Professor of International Politics, University of Leeds
‘The everyday nuclear weapon.’

‘Migrants, gun culture and the defence of Southampton in the 16th century.’
(Dr Cheryl Butler, University of Winchester)

‘Fantastic flails and where to find them: The body of evidence for the existence of flails in the early and high medieval eras in western, central, and southern Europe.’
(Dr Alistair F. Holdsworth, University of Manchester)

‘Armoured flamethrowers: Tactics, ethics and social perceptions’

(Dr Dermot Rooney)

‘B(e)aring a blade: The transfer of authority through the swords in the high and late Middle Ages,’
(Dr Rob Jones, Franklin and Marshal College)

‘Warrior cleric as romance hero: The armed cleric in Middle English romance.’
(Katie Vernon, University of York)

‘Princely swordplay and martial Instruction in early modern Europe at the court of Louis XIII’
(Rob Runacres, University of Winchester)

‘The case of the missing Egyptians: A Victorian museum mystery’

(Ruel A. Macaraeg)

‘Guns in popular music, 1939 -‘
(James Langham)

‘Weapons and the war museum: An examination of the display of weapons in the Imperial War Museum,’
(Ian Kikuchi, Imperial War Museum)

The day will also include a handling session of objects from the national collection of arms and armour relevant to the themes of the event.

Tickets are £15 (plus fees), with a concessionary rate of £6 (plus fees) is available for those enrolled on a postgraduate research programme of study, and early career researchers (within five years of doctoral award, not counting career breaks). Tickets include lunch and refreshments, with an optional self-funded conference meal after the event.

To demonstrate eligibility and access the concessionary rate; for a full programme of the day; to register for the self-funded post-conference meal; or for any other questions related to the conference, contact mark.bennett@armouries.org.uk.

To sign up for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weapons-in-society-conference-2024-tickets-800056810457