Violence has a shattering impact on individuals, communities, and societies. In the College of Arts and Humanities, an interdisciplinary group of scholars study the sources, impacts, representations, commemorations, and legacies of violence. We think about how states, societies, and communities promote, restrain, and regulate violence, from global wars to interpersonal relations.

Scholars in the College examine the relationship between different scales of violence, geographically and chronologically, and study the two world wars; violence in contemporary politics, society, and culture; culture and mechanics of violence in ancient Rome; interpersonal violence; ecological violence; gender and violence; security; representations of violence; and cybersecurity. The College’s internationally renowned Centre for War Studies fosters links with researchers in the College of Social Sciences and Law, particularly in politics and sociology.

Theme Members

Associated Masters Programme

MA International War Studies

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Projects, News and Events

Professor Robert Gerwarth wins € 2.5m ERC Advanced Grant

Unprecedented success for UCD in ERC Advanced Grant 2021 competition

Civil Wars in History, c. 1500-2000

The School of History and UCD Humanities Institute are delighted to host the SHOW's (Society for the History of War) conference about civil wars over the past half a millenium. The conference will take place online. Click through for more details on the programme.

'Sexual Violence and the Irish State: The Survivors' Perspectives' series

The first seminar in the new series 'Sexual Violence and the Irish State' was held today with Hazel Larkin and Lavinia Kerwick and was hosted by Dr Ailise Bulfin.

New 'Sexual Violence and the Irish State' series is announced

Led by Dr Ailise Bulfin, dates and titles of this new seminar series were announced today.

Emilie Pine wins UCD Research 2019 Impact Competition

Associate Professor Emilie Pine from UCD School of English, Drama and Film was announced overall winner of the 2019 Research Impact Case Study Competition. Her case study, ‘Communicating the legacy of child abuse and helping victims heal’, showcased research combining humanities-led inquiry and digital technologies to produce new knowledge of the scale and complexity of institutional abuse

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