Women, Weapons, and War Workshop

Event Date: 
01 Jun 2018

University of Edinburgh


Organisers: Prof. Stephen Bowd (Stephen.Bowd@ed.ac.uk) Dr Sarah Cockram (s.cockram@ed.ac.uk)



  • Stephen Bowd (Edinburgh)
  • Sarah Cockram (Edinburgh)
  • Sam Cohn (Glasgow)
  • Frédérique Dubard (formerly published as Verrier) (Italian Literature and History, Sorbonne)
  • John Gillingham (LSE)
  • Catherine Fletcher (European History, Swansea)
  • Alice König (Classics, St Andrews)
  • Brian Sandberg (French history, Northern Illinois University)



The study of women and war is a rapidly growing field of historical enquiry, but the experience of women and war in the period before c. 1650 has been relatively neglected by scholars. This workshop will bring together invited scholars working on aspects of the history and study of women and warfare during the antique, medieval and early modern periods. Participants will provide an outline of the state of the field in their period and consider three broad questions raised by recent work on gender and war in the light of their own research:

  • How did gender encode power and powerlessness in war? 
  • More specifically, how did theories and practices of war accommodate female soldiers, military leaders, and other female participants? 
  • To what extent is the victim-agent dichotomy useful in addressing the roles of women in warfare?



Postgraduate students and early career researchers working on related topics are invited to apply for the opportunity to attend and make a brief presentation of their current research. The Society for Renaissance Studies has generously provided funding to support the expenses of postgraduate students. Those interested in attending should apply to the organisers by 1 May at the latest with a 500-word synopsis of their work and brief CV.