Welcome to Arms and the Medical Man, a record of my thoughts and ideas on the history of gender, medicine and warfare. Much of what I will be writing about will relate to my current, Wellcome Trust-funded research project on the experience and identities of men who served in medical support and paramedic roles with the British armed forces during the First World War.
My other interests include, but are not limited to, the history of gender, particularly masculinity, the history of disability, especially psychological war disability, the history of popular and middlebrow literature, mainly detective and adventure fiction, and the social and cultural history of warfare.
As the mother of two young children, I am also becoming increasingly interested in the teaching of the history of the First World War and the representation of the war in popular culture. All these topics will form the subject matter of this blog, along with musings on academia and working motherhood in present-day Britain.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I expect to enjoy writing it.