The spring of 1915 ushered in a new era of warfare as the combination of poison gas and air power threatened mass devastation far beyond a narrow front line. It also created a new thing for soldiers to carry--the gas mask--a device designed to protect individuals from this terrifying new weaponry.
The gas mask did not remain on the battlefield after that war’s end; by the eve of the next world war, states were lining up their civilians to provide them with these objects, not only to protect their bodies but also to manage their emotions and behaviour.
Using Britain and its empire as its central case study, this talk explores how centering an object—the civilian gas mask—may help elucidate our understanding of bodies, emotions, and total war.
This is a virtual event held as a zoom webinar. Please register to attend.
As a webinar attendee, you can view the speakers' and hosts' videos and see their presentations. The Q&A facility allows you to engage with the speakers after the talk. You do not need a camera yourself, as attendee videos are not shown. More information on how to join a webinar is available here.