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  1. Reviews of my Research (since 2008)
  2. Media Articles and Reviews (since 2008)
  3. Radio and Television Interviews (since 2008)
  4. Festival Presentations (since 2008)


1. Reviews of my Research (since 2008)

"Art of War: An Interview with Professor Joanna Bourke", Bohemia Interactive,

Afonso Dias Ramos, review of War and Art in Journal of Contemporary History, 55.2, 2020

Valentina Maltagliati, "Chiusi in casa, come allontanare la paura", Psico Lab, 13 March 2020

J. Decker, review of War and Art. A Visual History of Modern Conflict, in Choice [The Association of College and Research Libraries], June 2018

Timothy J. Demy, review of War and Art. A Visual History of Modern Conflict, in Michigan War Studies Review, May 2018

Sam Leith, "The Story of Pain", The Spectator, 2 March 2017

Τζοαννα Μπερκ, «ΒΙΑΣΜΟΣ ΜΕΣΑ ΣΤΟ ΓΑΜΟ», Η ΕΠΟΧΗ, 15 January 2017


Nicholas Lezard, "The Story of Pain", The Guardian, 14 February 2017

Priscilla Anderson, "Children's Rights and Violence", [review of Wounding the World], International Journal of Children's Rights, 2016

David B. Torrey, The Story of Pain, in Workers' Compensation Law Newsletter, October 2016

Sara Black, The Story of Pain, H-War, 2016

Anna Magdalena Elsner, The Story of Pain, in Literature and History, spring 2015, 225-31

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, "Deep Violence", Spirituality and Practice, March 2015

Ian Miller, The Story of Pain, in Journal of the History of Science, March 2015

"A Radical Standard of Pain", Health and Behavior, 5 February 2015

Νορας Ραλλι, Interview, Η Εφημεριδα, 3 January 2015

Interview, Η Αυγη, 1 January 2015

Ηλια Μαγκλινη, interview, Η ΚαΘημερινη, 1 January 2015

Robin Lindley, "The Complex History of Pain", History News Network, 2 January 2015

Alex Preston, "Fear of Flying", The Guardian, 28 December 2014

Yvonne Roberts, "Wounding the World", The Observer, 23 November 2014

Rob Boddice, "The Story of Pain", Social History of Medicine, November 2014

Arthur Holland Michel, "The Story of Pain", BookForum, 3 November 2014

Sander Gilman, "The Pain Barrier", The Irish Times, 18 October 2014

Jennifer Crane, "The Story of Pain", Reviews in History, 19 September 2014

Andrew Scull, "Pure Agony", TLS, 20 August 2014

Gavin Francis, "How Many Speed Bumps", London Review of Books, 21 August 2014

Roger Lewis, "Chin up! Just Pray the Surgeon's Sober and his Knife is Sharp", Daily Mail, 24 July 2014

John Cottingham, "Crying Out for Understanding", The Tablet, 12 July 2014

Brian Hurwitz, "The Story of Pain"Times Higher Education Supplement, 10 July 2014

"The Story of Pain", Kirkus Reviews, 1 August 2014

"The Story of Pain", The Library Journal, 1 July 2014

Richard Barnett, "Shooting, Crushing, Gnawing, Piercing, Searing", The Lancet, 28 June 2014

Max Liu, "Studies on Illness and Pain Turn Into a Pleasure", The Independent, 19 June 2014

Salley Vickers, "The Story of Pain"The Observer, 15 June 2014

Leyla Sanai, "The Story of Pain: Hundreds of Years of Hurt"The Independent on Sunday, 22 June 2014

Joanathan Ree, "The Story of Pain. From Prayer to Painkillers"The Guardian, 11 June 2014

Simon Ings, "The War on Pain and Why We Can't Win It"New Scientist, 17 June 2014

Ruth Graham, "I Don't Fell Your Pain"The Boston Globe, 15 June 2014

Nicholas Shakespeare, "The Story of Pain"The Telegraph, 22 June 2014

Max Liu, "Studies on Illness and Pain Turn Into a Pleasure"The Independent, 19 June 2014

Jim Young, "The Story of Pain"Glocosmedia, May 2014

"The Story of Pain is Racist, Sexist, and Classist", New Republic, 20 June 2014

John Gibb, "Violence Misunderstood", Otago Daily Times, 19 July 2013

Anastaziya Tataryn, "The Dizzying Pursuit of Meaning -- Circling an Ideal, Since 1791"Theory and Event, 15.1, 2012

Rob Boddice, “What It Means To Be Human”Reviews in History, 26 January 2012

John Gray, “Are Women Animals?”The Guardian, 26 October 2011

Paul Binding, “What It Means To Be Human”The Independent, January 2012

Helen Brown, “What It Means To Be Human”The Telegraph, January 2012

Sheila Rowbotham,  “What It Means To Be Human"The Times Higher Education Supplement, 27 October 2011

"What it Means to be Human" [second review], Sunday Business Post, 3 March 2013

Joanna Hayden, “Deconstructing the State of Humanity”, Sunday Business Post, 9 October 2011

James Williams, “It’s Hard (Not) to be Human”, PopMatters, 28 January 2012

“It Means Being Human”, Boston Globe, 1 January 2012

“What Makes Us So Special”, The Guardian Weekly,

Iain Finlayson, “What It Means to be Human”, The Times, 29 October 2011

“What It Means to be Human”, Western Morning News, October 2011

“What It Means to be Human”, Sheffield Star, 22 October 2011

“What It Means to be Human”, Doncaster Star, 22 October 2011

“What It Means to be Human”, Glasgow Eveing Times, October 2011

Tracey Loughran, “Shell-Shocked”, Reviews in History, December 2011

Elizabeth Backner, "Amnesia", March 2012

“Joanna Bourke”, Εψιλον, 15 May 2011

Iain Finlayson, “What It Means To Be Human”, The Times, 25 October 2011

Lynne Segal, "Men, Monsters and the Women who 'Ask for It'", THE, 7 December 2010,

"Fear and Anxiety", Dutch Television, 25 May 2010

Melanie Newman, "'Rape Fantasy' Author Aims to Suppress Negative Review"The Times Higher Education, 19 January 2010

Nalalia Aspesi, "Una Storia Violenza Sessuale", La Repubblica, 31 Marzo 2009, 43

"Rape", Donna Moderna (Italian), February 2009

"Rape", Vanity Fair Italy, February 2009

"La Guerre en ek Siglo XX: Viaje al Corazón de las Tinieblas", Clio, 2009, 78-83

Rita de Cássia Bovo de Loiola, "Fear", Galileu Magazine (Brazil), December 2009

"Joanna Bourke", El Pais Semanal (Madrid), 2009, 28-33

"Rape", Luita, 2009

"Matar como placer", El Periodico de Catalunya, 3 November 2008

Ian Jack, "The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Not Fearing Enough"The Guardian, 11 October 2008

Heather Thompson, "And God Made Woman"The Observer, 27 July 2008

Daniel Snowman, "Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present"History Today, February 2008

Alex Renton, "The Rape Epidemic"The Observer, 2 December 2007

Isabella Thomas, "Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present"The Sunday Times, 18 November 2007

"Triumphs and Tribulations"The Guardian, 24 November 2007

Jean Seaton, "An Endless Story of Violence"The Guardian, 20 October 2007

Libby Brooks, "British Women's Right to Choose is Under Covert Attack"The Guardian, 17 October 2007

Vic Groskop, "How Do They Still Get Away With it?"The Observer, 14 October 2007

Joan Smith, "Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present"The Times, 12 October 2007

Eithne Farry, "Why Aren't We More Outraged?"The Guardian, 5 October 2007


2. Authored Press Articles and Reviews (since 2008)

181. "The Shame Game", Prospect Magazine, June 2020

180. With Richard Stokoe, "We Can Learn a Lot in Coronovirus Lockdown", Huffington Post, 18 April 2020.

179. Review of Susan P. Mattern's The Slow Moon Climbs. he Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause, in BBC History Magazine, February 2020

178. "Bloodied Feet, Outrageous Breasts, and the Sinister Power of a Hair Cut", BBC History Magazine, December 2019

177. Review of Azadeh Moaveni’s Guest House for Young Widows. Among the Women of ISIS, in The Literary Review, December 2019

176. Review of Steven Angelides, The Fear of Child Sexuality, in THE, 22 August 2019

175. Review of Aanchal Malhotra's Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects from a Continent Divided, in Family and Community History, April 2019

174. Review of Helen Parr's Our Boys. The Story of a Paratrooper, in Family and Community History, March 2019

173. Review of David Simpson, "States of Terror: History, Theory, Literature", Times Higher Education, 30 May 2019

172. “The Art of Self Defence”, in Source, May 2019

171. Review of Andrea Quinlan's The Technoscientific Witness of Rape, in Technology and Culture, January 2019

170. "Realitatea Literaturii, Literatura Realitatii", Observator Cultural [Romania], 4-10 October 2018

169. "Sexual Sadism", The Conversation (Australia), 28 September 2018

168. Review of Donatella Di Casare's Torture, in TLS, 20 September 2018

167. "Confronting Oblivion. Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One", Tate Etc, 8 June-28 July 2018

166. "Painting, Protest, and Propaganda: A Visual History of Warfare", CNN Style, 2 April 2018

165. José Pedro Monteiro and Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, “Teólogos, políticos, jornalistas, medicos e serviços psicológicos dependem do nosso pavor”, Publico, 1 April 2018

164. "Digital Dying", Prospect magazine, March 2018

163. Review of Joanna Lewis's Empire of Sentiment: The Death of Livingstone and the Myth of Victorian Imperialism, in THE (22 March 2018)

162. Review of Nir Arielli's From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers, in TLS, 11 January 2018

161. Joanna Bourke, “Η σεξουαλικη παρενοχληση βλαπτει ολες τις γυναικες”, Η ΑΥΓΗ, 26 November 2017

160. "Summer Reads 2017: Sun and Sadism", THE, 19 July 2017

159. "Police Surgeons and Sexual Violence", The Lancet, 5 August 2017

158. Review of Emily Mayhew's A Heavy Reckoning: Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond, in THE, 29 June 2017

157. "Some Surgeons May be Psychopaths -- But That's No Bad Thing", Prospect Magazine, 21 June 2017

157. "The Headache in History and Culture", The Lancet, 15 April 2017

156. "Speaking About Pain", The Guardian, 21 February 2017

155. Review of Carol Dyhouse's Heartthrobs. A History of Women and Desire, in BBC History Magazine, March 2017

154. Review of Fay Bound Alberti's This Mortal Coil. The Human Body in History and Culture in Medical History, 2017

153. “City of Ancient Sites and Modern Visions” (a tour of Athens), in BBC World Histories, December 2016

152. “Books of the Year”, BBC History Magazine, December 2016

151. Review of Sheila Rowbotham’s Rebel Crossings. New Women, Free Lovers, and Radicals in Britain and the United States, in BBC World Histories, December 2016

150. Review of Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, and Georges Vigarello (eds.), A History of Virility, translated by Keith Cohen, in Journal of Modern History, forthcoming 2017

149. Review of Philip Ziegler’s Between the Wars 1919-1939, in BBC History Magazine, October 2016

148. Review of Hervé Guibert's Cytomegalovirus: A Hospitalization Diary, in Biography (spring 2016)

147. Review of Midge Gillies's Army Wives: The Real Lives of Women Behind the Men in Uniform, in BBC History Magazine, October 2016

146. Review of Richard English's Does Terrorism Work?, Prospect Magazine,  September 2016

145. "Phantom Suffering?", The Psychologist, 29.9, September 2016

144. Review of Sebastian Junger's Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, The Guardian, 26 June 2016

143. Review of Christina Crosby, A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain in Times Higher Education, 5 May 2016

142. Review of Gregory Woods, Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World in BBC History Magazine, 2015

141. Review of Keith Wailoo, Pain: A Political History, in Issues in Science and Technology (Spring 2015)

140. "A Life Shaped by Darkness. The Complete Works of Primo Levi", Prospect, January 2016

139. Review of Sonia Purnell's First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill in BBC History Magazine, December 2015

138. Review of Keith Jeffrey's 1916: A Global History, in BBC History Magazine, December 2015

137. "Sacrifice to a Savage God" [on suicide], in Wall Street Journal, 30 November 2015

136. Review of Philipp Blom's Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938, in BBC History Magazine, November 2015

135. Review of Richard Bessel, Violence: A Modern Obsession, in Prospect, June 2015

134. Review of Andrew Scull, Madness in Civilization, in Wall Street Journal, 2015

133. Review of Carol Rittner and John K. Roth (eds.), Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide, in H-Net Reviews in History and Social Sciences, Febuary 2015

132. Review of Stephanie Olsen's Juvenile Nation: Youth, Emotions, and the Making of Modern British Culture in American Historical Review, April 2015

131. Review of Jan Plamper, The History of the Emotions, in Social History, 2015

130.  Review of Frank Biess and Daniel M. Gross (eds.), Science and the Emotions After 1945, in British Journal for the History of Science, 2015

129. Review of Virginia Nicholson, Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes. The Story of Women in the 19590s, in BBC History Magazine, 2015

128. Review of Samuel J. M. M. Alberti (ed.), War, Art, and Surgery. The Work of Henry Tonks and Julis Midgley, in Medical History, 2015

127. Review of Sarah Helm, If This Is a Woman. Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women, in The Telegraph, 2015

126. Review of Keith Wailoo, Pain: A Political History, in Journal of Science and Technology, 22 March 2015

125. Review of Nina Edwards, Dressed for War. Uniform, Civilian Clothing, and Trappings, 1914 to 1918, TLS, 2015

124. "The Wave of Poppies", History Australia, April 2015

123 Review of Jane Robinson's In the Family Way: Illegitimacy Between the Great War and the Swinging Sixties, in BBC History Magazine, March 2015

122. "Love and Surgery on the Death Railway", The Lancet, 15 November 2014

121. Review of Daniel Goldberg's The Bioethics of Pain Management. Beyond Opioids, in BMJ Medical Humanities, December 2014

127. Review of Emily Mayhew's Wounded. The Long Journey Home from the Great War, in The Lancet, 2014

126. Review of Chris Walsh's Cowardice: A Brief History, in The Literary Review, 2014

125. Review of Carol Ann Duffy's 1914: Poetry Remembers and Lavinic Greenlaw's 1914: Goodbye to All That: Writers on the Conflict Between Life and Art, in The Telegraph, 26 July 1914

124. Review of Stephanie Olsen's Juvenile Nation. Youth, Emotions, and the Making of the Modern British Citizen, 1880-1914, in American Historical Review, 2014

123. Review of Ute Frevert, et. al., Emotional Lexicons. Continuity and Chnage in the Vocabulary of Feeling, 1700-2000, in Modern and Contemporary France, 2014

122. Review of Jenny Nordberg's The Underground Girls of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Dressed as Boys, in The Telegraph, 27 September 2014

121. Review of Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country, in The Telegraph, 22 June 2014

120. "How To Talk About Pain"The New York Times, 13 July 2014 (the most emailed article in NYT for a week)

119. "The British Jihadists in Syria Might Be Driven By More Than Religion ",The Guardian, 23 June 2014

118. Review of Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country, in The Telegraph, 22 June 2014

117. "This Won't Hurt a Bit. The Cultural History of Pain is a Story of Ignorance and Prejudice", New Statesman, June 2014

116. "Rape as a Weapon of War"The Lancet, 14 June 2014

115. "The History of Medicine is the History of Pain", History Today, 12 June 2014

114. Review of Joan Tumblety's Remaking the Male Body. Masculinity and the Uses of Physical Culture in Interwar and Vichy France, in History Today, June 2014

113. "Emotions Affect How Pain Feels, As Soldiers Know Only Too Well", Conversation, May 2014

112. "Childbirth in the U.K.: Suffering and Citizenship Before the 1950s"The Lancet, April 2013

111. "Our Anaesthetic Times"Aeon Magazine, May 2014

110. "The Art of Medicine: Languages of Pain"The Lancet, 30 JUne 2014

109. "The Pangs of Childbirth", The Lancet, April 2014

108. "An Early American Drone Takes to the Skies", BBC History Magazine, March 2014

107. Review of Anthony King's The Combat Soldier: Infantry Tactics and Cohesion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century, in British Journal of Sociology, 2014

106. Review of Francisco Bethencourt's Racisms: From the Crusades to the 20th Century, in New Statesman, 17-23 January 2014

105. "The 'Pretty Toys' That Turned Beaches into Death-Traps", BBC History Magazine, December 2013

104. "The Ladies' Rifle Club Trains its Sights on Male Prejudices", BBC History Magazine, December 2013

103. "H. G. Wells's War of Words with George Bernard Shaw", BBC History Magazine, December 2013

102. "Adding to the Arsenal in the Fight Against Crime", BBC History Magazine, November 2013

101. "The 'Celebrity Philosopher' Revels in National Exposure", BBC History Magazine, October 2013

100. Review of Estelle B. Freedman's Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and SegregationTimes Higher Education, 17 October 2013

99. Review of Ester Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuele Consonni, and Otneil E. Dror (eds.), Knowledge and Pain, in Bulletin of the History of Medicine(December 2013)

98. "Members of 'Great' Creeds Gather at Woking Mosque", BBC History Magazine, 1 September 2013

97. "Anti-War Protest Sparks Mayhem on London Streets", BBC History Magazine, August 2013

96. Review of Peter Jan Margery and Cristina Sachez-Carretero (eds.),Grassroots Memorials. The Politics of Memoralizing Traumatic DeathJournal of Social History, 3 July 2013

95. Review of Peter Mandler's Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold WarBBC History Magazine, July 2013

94. Review of Jean France's Cruel ModernityTimes Higher Education, June 2013

93. Review of Louis Wolpert's Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? The Evolution of Sex and GenderProspect, May 2103

92. Review of James Dawes' Evil Men,  Times Higher Education, 30 May 2013

91. Review of Mark Jackson's The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for StabilityReviews in History, November 2013

90. "The Smog of 1952", BBC History Magazine, July 2013

89. "Women Campaign for Pain Relief in Childbirth", BBC History Magazine, June 2013

88. Gresford Mining Disaster", BBC History Magazine, May 2013

87. "First World War Amputees", BBC History Magazine,  April 2013

86. "The Pity of War. Pat Barker's 'Toby's Room'"The Lancet, 2 February 2013

85. "History of Film. Newsreel Footage of Queen Victoria's Funeral Procession in 1901,", BBC History Magazine, March 2013

84. Review of Neil McKenna's Fanny and Stella: the Young Men who Shocked Victorian England, in BBC History Magazine, March 2013

83. Review of Deborah Cohen's Family Secrets: Living With Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day, in BBC History Magazine, February 2013

82. Review of Laura Wittman's The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, inMortality, February 2012

81. "Another Battle Front", The Great War, 64, (November 2012)

80. Review of Will Self's Umbrella, in The Lancet, 6 October 2012

79. Review of Anne de Courcy’s The Fishing Fleet. Husband-Hunting in the Raj, in BBC History Magazine, November 2012

78. Review of Clark Lawlor’s From Melancholia to Prozac. A History of Depression, in History Today, September 2012

77. Review of Pat Thane and Tanya Evans’, Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in 20th Century England, in BBC History Magazine, October 2012

76. “Enjoying the High Life – Drugs in History and Culture”,The Lancet, 376 (27 November 2012), 1817

75. Review of Ryan Ashley Caldwell’s “Fallgirls: Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib”Times Higher Education, 12 July 2012

74. “Languages of Pain”The Lancet, 379 (30 June 2012), 2420-21

73. Review of Jeffrey C. Alexander’s Trauma: A Social Theory, in Times Higher Education, 31 May 2012, 48-9

72. “The Long History of Dieting Fads”The Lancet, 379 (17 March 2012), 994-5

71. Review of Tony Judt and Timothy Synder's, Thinking the Twentieth Century. Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth CenturyThe Daily Telegraph, February 2012

70. Review of James Glligan, Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous Than Others, in Times Higher Education, 5 January 2012

69. Review of Julie Anderson, War, Disability and Rehabilitation in Britain, in Social History of Medicine, January 2012

68. “Buckets of Bubbly. The Challenge of Communicating the Personal Horrors of War Without Luxuriating in Guilt”, TLS, 2 December 2011

67. “What Is ‘Human’?” Huffington Post, 13 December 2011

66. Review of Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind from Edmund Burk to Sarah Pallen, in Times Higher Education, 17 November 2011

65. Review of Pat Jalland, Death in War and Peace, in Journal of Social History, 2 December 2011

64. "Pity and War Histories" [review essay on Peter Englund's The Beauty and the Sorrow and Max Hastings' All Hell Let Loose], TLS, 30 November 2011

63. “An Insider History”, Source. The Photographic Review, winter 2011

62. Review of Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and its Causes, in The Times, 10 October 2011

61. “2011 Wellcome Trust Book Prize Shortlist”The Lancet, 378 (22 October 2011), 1454

60. Review of Robert Muchembled's “A History of Violence: From the End of the Middle Ages to the Present”, in THE, 6 October 2011

59. Review of Simon Baron-Cohen's “Zero Degree of Empathy: A New History of Human Cruelty”, in THE, 5 May 2011

58. Review of Kwasi Kwarteng's “Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World”, in BBC History Magazine, September 2011

57. Review of Nicola Henry, War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice, inGender and Development, 19.2, July 2011

56. Review of Virginia Nicholson, Millions Like Us: Women’s Lives in War and Peace, 1939-1949, in BBC History Magazine, July 2011

55. Review of Kevin W. Saunders, Degradation: What the History of Obscenity Tells Us About Hate Speech, in Times Higher Education, 16 June 2011

54. “The Difficulty with Rape”, in The Guardian, 21 May 2011

53. “The History of Medicine and the History of Pain”, in History Today, April 2011

52. Review of Edith Cavell, in History Today, January 2011

51. “Runnymede”, in David Musgrove, 100 Places that Made Britain (Bristol: BBC Books, 2011), 88-91

50. Review of Amanda Foreman, A Nation Engulfed in Flames, in The Times, 6 November 2010

49. “Humanities Need to Get Off the Back Foot”, The Guardian, 26 November 2010

48. Review of Fiona Reid, “Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-1930”, History Today, November 2010

47. “Surgical Spirit”, BBC History Magazine, Spring 2010

46. Review of Michael J. Braddick (ed.), “The Politics of Gesture. Historical Perspectives”, History Today, August 2010

45. “Taking the Ape Cure”, BBC History Magazine, 16 June 2010

44. Review of Linda Polman's War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern TimesThe Times, 8 May 2010

43. Review of Bernhard Schlink, Guilt About the PastThe Times, 27 February 2010

42. Review of Ana Carden-Coyne's Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World WarHistory Today, 2010

41. Review of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Worse than War. Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on HumanityThe Times, 16 January 2010

40. “Apocalyptic Road Movie”The Lancet, 375 (2 January 2010), 20

39. "Treasures of Athens"History Today, December 2009

38. “Carer and Keeper”The Lancet, 374 (12 December 2009), 1960

37. Review Essay on "Historical Fiction"History Today, October 2009, 55

36. "Berlusconi danneggia l'onore degli uomini"L'Unità, 28 Agosto 2009, 16

35. "Antichrist"The Guardian, 16 July 2009

34. Review of Pieter Spierenburg, A History of MurderHistory Today, June 2009

33. Review essay on Pieter Spierenburg's A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the PresentHistory Today, June 2009

32. "Women Beware Women"The Guardian, 30 May 2009

31. “Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Mental Illness and Modernism”The Lancet, 373 (23 May 2009), 1753-54

30. “Silas Weir Mitchell’s The Case of George DedlowThe Lancet, 373 (18 April 2009), 1332-3

29. "Fear and Hope"Cultural Creative Living, 15 February 2009

28. "Making Men Into Monsters?", BBC History Magazine, February 2009

27. "Bad Boys and Insects of Evil Examined"The Guardian, 24 January 2009

26. Review of Jeffrey Lockwood, Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of WarThe Times, 16 January 2009

25. “The Complexity of Medicine and War”The Lancet, 373 (10 January 2009), 113-4

24. Review of Robert Muchembled's Orgasm and the West. A History of Pleasure from the Sixteenth Century to the PresentHistory Today, January 2009, 66

23. Review of exhibition at the Wellcome Collection (London), "The Complexity of Medicine and War"The Lancet, 373 (10 January 2009), 113-114

22. Review of Mark Honigsbaum, Living With Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918The Times, 24 October 2008

21. Review of Jennifer Heath (ed.), The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and PoliticsThe Times, 8 August 2008

20. "Making an Ending"The Guardian, 21 November 2008

19. "Another Battle Front"The Guardian, 11 November 2008

18. "The Easter Rising"The Guardian, 11 November 2008

17. Review of Kristin Bumiller, In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual ViolenceTimes Higher Education, 3 July 2008, 44-5

16. “The Experience of Killing”, Noter [Denmark], 177 (June 2008), 38-41

15. Review of Michael Dobbs, One Minutes to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear WarThe Times, 7 June 2008

14. "Mini-Skirt or Burka – My Choice"The Times, 8 March 2008

13. "Emergency Funding: An Important Step Forward"New Statesman, 19 March 2008

12. "Rape Myths Past and Present"New Statesman, 10 March 2008

11. "When Killing Had to Stop"New Statesman, 7 February 2008

10. "A Painting Fit for a President"The Guardian, 1 February 2008

9. Review of Sudhir Venkatesh, Gang Leader for a DayThe Times, 25 January 2008

8. “Another Battle Front”, part of the series of pamphlets entitled “The First World War. Day Four. The Home Front”, published by

The Guardian and The Observer, 2008

7. Review of James Vernon, Hunger: A Modern HistoryThe Times, 23 November 2007

6. "Tyranny in Disguise"The Guardian, 30 September 2007

5. "Can Terrorism Destroy Democracy?"The Guardian, 30 September 2007

4. "Is God Democratic?"The Guardian, 29 September 2007

3. "Why Bother to Vote?"The Guardian, 29 September 2007

2. "Are Women More Democratic Than Men?"The Guardian, 29 September 2007

1. "Exile on Civvy Street"The Guardian, 3 August 2007


3. Radio and Television Interviews (since 2008)

88. "The Male Body", The Verb, 22 November 2019

87. "Vietnam: Hatred in the Name of Liberty", BBC Radio 4, 6 June 2019

85. "Death", Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, 19 March 2018

84. "The End of Death", podcast, Prospect magazine, March 2018

83. "Controlling Pain" (presenter Geraldine Fitzgerald), BBC World Service, 5 February 2018

82. "Knowing Pain" (presenter Geraldine Fitzgerald), BBC World Service, 1 February 2018

81. "Seeing Pain" (presenter Geraldine Fitzgerald), BBC World Service, 23 January 2018

80. "Sexual Harassment: Why Now?", CBS News Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV, 21 November 2017

79. "From Agony to Analgesic", Radio 4, 16 and 23 August 2017

78. "Considering Pain", Radio National, 30 July 2017

77. "Siegfried Sassoon's Letter to the Times", on Radio Three's Essay: Minds at War, June 2017

76. "The Story of Pain", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, May 2017

75. "Violence", ABC (Australia), 12 April 2017

74. "The Story of Pain", Radio West (US), February 2017

73. "Let's Talk with Bill Padley", on "Talk Europe", 6 February 2017

72. "Men and Masculinity", Thinking Allowed, 14 December 2016

71. British Academy, interview on sexual violence, www.britac, 2 December 2016

70. "Pain", ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 25 July 2016

69. "History of the Emotions", Radio New Zealand, 4 September 2015

68. "Pain", KERA Radio, 24 August 2015

67. Presenter of "A History of Pain", on "The Archive Hour", BBC Radio 4, 2 May

66. Presenter of "Drills, Dentures, and Dentistry: An Oral History", Channel 4, 30 March, which can be seen HERE

65. "Capital Punishment", The Why Factor, BBC World Service, 21 March 2015

64. "Chronic Pain", Women's Hour, 25 February 2015

63. "Pain", The Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, 3 February 2015

62. "Wounding the World", Thinking Allowed, 7 January 2015

61. "Deep Violence", Wisconsin Public Radio, 6 January 2015

60. "World War 1 Round the World", "The Essay", BBC Radio 3, 31 December 2014

59. "Wounding the World", Monocle, 15 December 2014

58. "The Story of Pain", The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 27 November 2014

58. "The Story of Pain", KERA Radio, "Think Program", 24 September 2014

57. "Shell Shock", Radio New Zealand, 21 September 2014

56. "Masculinity and the First World War", Golden Days Festival in Copenhagen, 6 September 2014

55. "The War that Changed the World", Imperial War Museum and BBC World Service, 30 July 2014

54. "Women and the Killing Fields", Edinburgh Festival, 14 August 2014

53. "Owen Wingate", Edinburgh Festival, 13 August 2014

52. "War Medicine", Radio Four's "World Tonight", 27 July 2104

51. "The Story of Pain", Australian National Radio (Brisbane), 13 July 2014

50. "The Story of Pain", Free Thinking, Radio 2, 9 July

49. "Women and the First World War", Radio Monocle, 3 July

48. "The Story of Pain", News Talk, 2 July 2014

47. "The Story of Pain", Radio Belfast, 29 June 2014

46. "The Story of Pain", Start the Week, 16 June 2014

45. "My Father's War", RTE, 14 April 2014

44. "Marine A: Criminal or Casulaty of War", BBC1, 9 Apri 2014

44. "Heir Hunters: Geoffrey Sumner", BBC1, 6 March 2014

43. "Women and War", Women's Hour, 5 February 2014

42. "Poppies", Thinking Allowed, 20 November 2013

41. "War of the Worlds", Radio 4, 26 October 2013

40. "Combating Sexual Violence in Universities", Women's Hour, 21 October 2013

39. "Chemical Warfare and Syria", Night Waves, 10 September 2013

37. "Violence", New Zealand National Radio, 9 July 2013

36. "A History of Disability", BBC Radio 4, 28 May, 4 June, 5 June 2013

35. "Women in the Military", Thinking Allowed, 3 April 2013

34. "Humanity", Nightwaves, 28 March 2013

33. "Complicty" (film), Nightwaves, 14 February 2013

32. "Rape", Nightwaves, 15 January 2013

31. "Pain and Its Meanings", The Today Programme, 7 December 2012

30. "Pain and Its Meanings", Monocle Radio, 6 December 2012

29. "Moral Panics", The Today Programme, 17 November 2012

28. "Fear", BBC World Service, 18 November 2012

27. "War Medicine", Night Waves, 12 October 2012

26. Ian Hislop's "Stiff Upper Lip", BBC2, October 2012

25. "Parade's End", BBC2, August 2012

24. "The Sex Wars", Nightwaves, 15 May 2012

23. “Animal Rights”, Nightwaves, 12 December 2011

22. “What It Means To Be Human”, “NewsTalk”, 6 October 2011

21. “What It Means To Be Human”, Women’s Hour, 4 October 2011

20 .“What It Means To Be Human”, Nightwaves, 3 October 2011

19. “The Kill Factor”, BBC World Service, 4 and 11 June 2011

18. "Michael Winterbottom", Nightwaves, 25 May 2010

17. “Corporal Punishment”, BBC4, 5 April 2011

16. “Dirt”, Nightwaves, 21 March 2011

15. “Universal History?”, Nightwaves, 2 November 2010

14. “The Myth of the Tyrannical Dad”, BBC3, June 2010

13. "ANZAC Day and the Memory of War", 25 April 2010, BBC World Service

12. "Conscientious Objectors", Thinking Allowed, 6 January 2010

11. "Fatherhood in History", Testimony Films (Steve Humphries), April 2010

10. "Rape: A History", Woman's Hour, 9 October 2009

9. "First World War Emotions", Thinking Allowed, 9 September 2009

8. "Hunger Strikes", Woman's Hour, 2 July 2009

7. "Fighting Passions", BBC2, 24 May 2009

6. "Shell Shock During World War One", BBC online, 11 May 2009

5. "Women and the Military During World War One", BBC online, 11 May 2009

4. "History of Murder", Thinking Allowed, 22 April 2009

3. "Orgasm and the West", Thinking Allowed, 10 December 2008

2. "Women Against the Vote", Thinking Allowed, 14 May 2008

1. "Sexual Violence", Night Waves, 8 October 2007


4. Festival Presentations (since 2008)

22. "Violence, Gender, History: Conversation between Amar Kanwar and Joanna Bourke", Tate Modern, 23 January 2018

21. "Violence: In Conversation", Newcastle Writers Festival (Australia), 9 April 2017

20. "Pain", Critical Voices Festival, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 13 June 2015

19. "Hollywood, SciFi, Video Games and Rape", WOW Festival, 7 March 2015

18. “Pain”, Folkestone Literary Festival, 15 November

17. “Pain”, Bristol Festival of Ideas, 6 November 2014

16. “Pain”, Cheltenham Festival, 6 October 2014

15. "Women in the Killing Fields. War and Femininity in World War I and II", Edinburgh Festival, 19 August 2014

14. "Owen Wingrave", Edinburgh Festival, 18 August 2014

13. "Pain", Ways With Words Festival in Devon, 5 July 2014

12. "Rape and the Law", WOW (Women of the World), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, 7 March 2014

11. "Eric Hobsbawm", The Hay Festival, 26 May 2013

10. "Domestic Violence", WOW (Women of the World), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, 10 March 2013

9. "Rape", WOW (Women of the World), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, 9 March 2013

8. "Pain and its Historical Meanings", Cultural Exchanges Festival, Leicester, 28 February 2013

7. “What It Means To Be Human”, Edinburgh Literary Festival, 16 August 2012

6. "Amnesty Writers", Edinburgh Literary Festival, 15 August 2012

5. "What It Means To Be Human", Bristol Festival, 17 May 2012

4. “What It Means To Be Human”, Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book festival,12  March 2012

3. "What It Means To Be Human", Bath Festival, 3 March 2012

2. "Journalism: The First Draft of History?", Cheltenham Festival, 16 October 2009

1. "Fear", Udine Festival, Italy, 7 May 2009



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