Visualising War Research Group

The Visualising War Research Group was set up in 2018 to offer researchers at the University of St Andrews the opportunity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and ideas-sharing around the study of war. Our members work in a wide range of fields (Classics, Psychology, History, Film Studies, Evolutionary Biology, International Relations, Modern Languages, Management, Philosophy, Psychology) and we also welcome associate members from outside St Andrews. Our particular focus of interest is discourses of war: e.g., narratives that anticipate, dread, encourage, celebrate, or critique war; representations of battle itself; articulations of military expertise or failure, on and off the battlefield; post-conflict story-telling, by perpetrators, victims, journalists, lawyers; and the use of military metaphors to tell other combative tales. We deal with many different narrative media (e.g., historical texts, oral anecdotes, artistic representations, political speeches, film and stage drama, commemorative events, social media) and we approach this material from many different angles. As well as sharing expertise, we encourage methodological exchange and innovation. In bringing such a range of scholars together to think collaboratively about discourses of war in different genres, media, periods and places, we aim not only to enrich our own research worlds but also to contribute to public debate around this perennially important topic and to raise wider awareness of past and present habits of visualising war.

Principle goals:

  • To support individual scholarship via regular interdisciplinary events involving external invited speakers as well as St Andrews-based researchers
  • to facilitate collaborative work and provide a space where new research partnerships might form across different disciplines
  • to share ideas and expertise around interdisciplinary funding opportunities and interdisciplinary publication
  • to provide a forum for PG students in different disciplines to explore new research horizons, and for academic staff to collaborate on PG funding applications and PGR/PGT teaching
  • to open up new opportunities for multi-School teaching initiatives and student engagement (e.g. URAs) at the undergraduate level
  • to engage with other networks/groups within and beyond academia which are concerned with the conduct, portayal and study of war
  • to support each other in the building and maintenance of knowledge exchange partnerships with individuals and organisations outside academia
  • to engage in public debate and inform and influence public discourse about the ways in which different people and societies regard, represent and respond to war


Related networks include:


The St Andrews University Institute for the Study of War and Strategy