Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam at conflict, healing and arts Conference, Durham University

09 June 2017


Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Department of History, was at Durham University recently for the ‘Conflict, healing, and the arts in the long nineteenth century’ Conference hosted by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS). This conference investigated ways in which the arts – materially, sonically, and aesthetically – promoted, transformed, and negated experiences of healing for soldiers, civilians, and communities between 1774 and 1918 across European Empires, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. ‘Healing’ was considered in a broad sense, including both physical and psychological healing occurring at personal and inter- and intra-cultural levels.

The conference took place at Durham Castle, home to the university’s oldest college. In addition to networking, and conducting fieldwork on arts and music therapies, Dr Mullaney-Dignam chaired a panel on healing, gender, and patient experiences during the First World War. The papers discussed bandsmen, stretcher-bearers, and the defence of masculinity in French and British memoirs; arts, crafts and care in the First Australian Auxiliary Hospital in England; music, healing, and masculinity in war-time Wales.

Dr Mullaney-Dignam’s research activity at Durham was funded by an AHSS Faculty Research Committee Funding Award.