Founded in 2008, the UCD Centre for War Studies promotes a wide range of international research activities focused on the origins, nature, and consequences of all war-related violence from ancient times to the present day.

Photo of a soldier in the Balkans. Photo of Hitler in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo of a classical war sculpture. British stamp featuring Winston Churchill.

An interdisciplinary academic research centre based at University College Dublin, the Centre for War Studies aims to develop new research projects in partnership with other research institutions around the globe. Since its foundation, the Centre has attracted research grants from various national and international agencies such as the Irish Research Council (IRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Gerda-Henkel Foundation in Germany. We have also hosted a number of Marie Curie Actions.

The Centre builds upon the existing research interests of a substantial number of staff members in the schools of History, Sociology, and Politics and also serves as a forum for graduate students and early career researchers working on the history of war and interpersonal violence. The Centre prides itself on its international complexion and past and current postodctoral fellows and PhD students have come from the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, the US and the UK, Spain, Italy and Russia. The Centre currently hosts seven funded postdoctoral researchers.

Gerda-Henkel Foundation Project
“When Nationalism Fails". A Comparative Study of Holocaust Museums

Gerda-Henkel Foundation Project

Led by Prof. Siniša Malešević this research project  investigates the emergence (and contents) of Holocaust Museums in a comparative perspective. The sample includes 19 museums in seven countries within and outside the EU. The research specifically focuses on whether and how collaboration with the Nazis is represented in these countries’ Holocaust Museums and exhibits. In addition, the study will also investigate Germany’s memory culture and the way it has (or hasn't) dealt with the subject of collaboration.

More information abotu the project can be see here via a YouTube video.

Forthcoming Event:

UCD School of History - Global History Seminar Series on 12 October

Join us at 4pm on 12 October 2023 in K114 for a presentation by Damani J. Partridge, Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, who will discuss the content of his recent book Blackness as a Universal Claim. Using the case study of young people in Germany of Turkish, Arab, and African descent and their recurring claims of Blackness to hold states and other institutions accountable for their everyday struggle, he will examine the possibilities and limits of a universalized Black politics.  

Full details about this event can be found here on the School of History's events page. 


You can also click here to see any upcoming CWS Conferences or Calls for Papers.



We would like to thank the Imperial War MuseumNational Library of Ireland, Agence France-Presse and Museum Centre Vapriikki for their kind permission to use their images on this website. Please note that these images may not be copied without the prior permission of the IWM, NLI, AFP or MCV.