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Dr Toby Thacker 


Projects

Into the Vortex: Selected Artists and the British Experience of the First World War: This is an individual research project, concerned with the experience of a selected group of British artists during the First World War, with how their experience was reflected in their creative work; and with how that in turn has affected the construction of memory of the First World War.

My work is based firmly on archival research, focused on the papers of the individual artists concerned, and buttressed by a range of other primary sources.   My research is directed in the first instance towards the publication of a monograph, Into the Vortex: British Artists and the First World War, which is contracted for publication with Continuum in 2014. I hope to consolidate this by holding an international conference in Cardiff in 2014 on the theme of ‘The First World War: Experience, Culture, and Memory’.

Air Power and the Environment: This project is being run by the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies. The project aims to explore how the deployment of air power has impacted upon the environment, and how attitudes to this have changed. The project involves the interchange of ideas between a number of experts from different countries and from different backgrounds. Some are historians and environmental scholars; others are serving with the armed forces of different countries. I am contributing an essay on  ‘"Very large secondary effects": Environmental considerations in the planning of the British strategic bombing of Germany in the Second World War’.

The project has organised conferences and seminars, and is publishing a peer-reviewed edited volume of its findings: Joel Hayward (ed.), Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, to be published in 2012 by the Ministry of Defence under the imprint of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies.

Funder: Ministry of Defence

 

Fazinosum ‘Klang’. Anthropologie – Medialität – kulturelle Praxis: This project is being run by an interdisciplinary research group based in Germany and Austria, the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Klang(welten)” which will draw on insights from sciences such as physics and physiology as well as from humanities such as history, anthropology, and sociology. I have contributed an essay on ‘Tonality and Dictatorship in Germany, 1933-1955’, to be translated into German for publication in an edited volume in 2012-2013.

The project aims to explore the ways in which music works in society, and in different historical and societal contexts. The project has organised conferences and seminars, and is publishing a peer-reviewed edited volume of its findings:

Wolf Gerhard (ed.), Faszinosum 'Klang'. Anthropologie – Medialität – kulturelle Praxis (Munich: De Gruyter).

 

Music and International Relations: This project is being run by Jessica Gienow-Hecht, who is Professor of International History at the University of Cologne. The project aims to explore music has played a role in international relations in modern history; and to challenge the view that it has been a cultural factor of only marginal significance in these relations.

The project involves the interchange od ideas between a number of experts from different countries and from different disciplines. Some are historians with expertise in the role of music in particular countries, and at different points in modern history; others are musicologists or experts in the sociology of music. I am contributing an essay on ‘Music and International Relations in Germany 1945-1949’.

The project is publishing a peer-reviewed edited volume of its findings to be published in 2012 0r 2013: Jessica Gienow-Hecht (ed.), Music and International Relations (New York and Oxford: Berghahn)