Shadow Agents of War Workshop

Event Date: 
04 Jun 2019

Old College, Edinburgh


This workshop, which will comprise discussion of pre-circulated papers highlighting key sources, problems and/or methodologies, will build on some of the themes addressed in the June 2018 workshop on ‘Women and War’ co-organised by Prof. Stephen Bowd and Dr Sarah Cockram: In particular, the aim of this workshop is to identify those men and women, and other animals, who have sometimes been overlooked, as well as to highlight relevant sources, and map out productive methodologies and historiographical approaches to the topic which can help to transform our understanding of pre-modern war. Topics covered shall include doctors and heralds, refugees, armourers and gun-makers, amateur spies, peasant militia, and engineers. Confirmed participants include:


  • Ms Victoria Bartels (Cambridge)
  • Prof. Stephen Bowd (Edinburgh)
  • Prof. William Caferro (Vanderbilt)
  • Dr Sarah Cockram (Edinburgh)
  • Dr Catherine Fletcher (Swansea)
  • Dr John Gagné (Sydney)
  • Dr Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford Brookes)
  • Dr Ralph Moffat (Curator of European Arms & Armour, Glasgow Museums)
  • Dr Neil Murphy (Northumbria)
  • Dr Cristiano Zanetti (European University Institute / I Tatti Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies)


The workshop has been made possible by an award made to Dr Gagné and Prof. Bowd under the aegis of the The University of Sydney’s Partnership Collaboration Awards (PCA). 


Postgraduate participation has been made possible by a generous travel/accommodation grant from the UK’s Society for Renaissance Studies. Postgraduates who would like to attend and/or present a paper should contact, or, or by 1 April 2019.

Space for attendance is very limited so please contact the co-organisers to secure a place. 

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