Professor Joanna Bourke, FBA, FRHistS, of Birkbeck College, University of London, will give this year's Emden Lecture on 'Sadism: A History of Cruelty'.
Over the years, Joanna's books have ranged from the social and economic history of Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social histories of the British working classes between 1860 and 1960s, to cultural histories of military conflict between the Anglo-Boer war and the present. She has worked on the history of the emotions, particularly fear and hatred, and the history of sexual violence. In the past few years, her research has focussed on questions of humanity, militarisation, and pain. In 2014, she published two books: Wounding the World. How Military Violence and War Games Invade Our World and The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers.
The Emden Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is given annually as a result of a benefaction in memory of the former St Edmund Hall Principal, and takes the form of a history lecture accessible to a non-specialist audience.
There are building works in the Front Quad; please adhere to signed routes to and from the Lecture Theatre