History of science, especially the natural history sciences of the 18th and 19th centuries; the rise and spread of evolutionary thought; Charles Darwin; the role of commemorations and biography in science
Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
About this Fellow
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape. Among others, she is the author of Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005) and Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present (2007). Her book, What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present was published by Virago in 2011. In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek. An Intimate History of Killing won the Wolfson Prize and the Fraenkel Prize. She is a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, and a regular correspondent for newspapers.
Modern history of China; 20th century international & transnatioanl history; Cold War history; comparative history of revolutions & political change; the public practice of history
The social & cultural history of the English eighteenth & nineteenth centuries, with a focus of categories such as 'law' & 'labour' in the making of seflhood & identity
The social, political & cultural history of Germany in the long 19th centure; Germans & the natural world; German transnational history since the 16th century.