A new interdisciplinary Occupation Studies Research Network, which aims to encourage a more systematic, comprehensive and conceptual understanding of the subject of military occupation, has been launched on 1 September 2021.
The network web site and blog, hosted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, is intended to promote the exchange of ideas and act as a hub for the global community of scholars who are working on military occupation as a form of rule and as a dynamic power relationship between occupiers and occupied.
Doctoral students, postdoc and early career academics, and senior staff at universities, other higher education institutes, museums and archives, who are either actively researching or have recently completed work on some aspect of the subject at PhD level or above, are welcome to join the network and are invited to contribute to the blog. Membership is free of charge.
The network is not limited to any particular national cases of occupation and will focus on interactions between occupiers and occupied and the lived experience of occupation, within the overall time period from the French Revolution to the present day. Blog posts should discuss the significance of a particular aspect of the subject or, more generally, reflect on how to study the phenomenon of occupation, discuss the value of comparisons between different cases of occupation, or provide a contribution to particular theoretical or historiographical debates.
The convenors of the network are Dr Camilo Erlichman (Maastricht University) and Dr Christopher Knowles (King’s College, London).
Further details are available at https://fasos-research.nl/occupationstudies/
Dr Christopher Knowles
Joint convenor of the Occupation Studies Research Network and Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London