Celebrating Joanna Bourke

Join us for this evening celebrating the pathbreaking and prizewinning work of Professor Joanna Bourke as she retires from Birkbeck and Gresham College. 

Joanna’s early studies brought radically new perspectives to women’s work in Ireland, working-class cultures in Britain and masculinities emerging from the first world war.  Subsequent urgent, compelling work dealt with histories of war, killing, fear, being human, animal-human relations, pain, bestiality, radical learning, and sexual violence. She is one the UK’s leading public intellectuals and is global in her reach; she has spoken to diverse audiences around the world and her work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek. 

At this event Professors Sir Richard Evans, Pat Thane, Julie-Marie Strange and Robin May Schott will reflect together on the significance of Joanna’s work.  Afterwards, in discussion with Professor Julia Laite, Joanna will look back over her thirty-year career – and give a flavour of the books she still has in store. 

The evening, which concludes with a wine reception, is hosted by Jude Kelly, CBE, CEO of the Woman of the World (WOW) Foundation, and collaborator on the Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters (SHaME) project which Joanna led until earlier this year. 

Celebrating Joanna Bourke has been organised by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, BirkBeck, University of London and Gresham College. 

This event was on Mon, 10 Jul 2023

Joanna Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Bourke is Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College.

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professor sir richard evans fba

Professor Sir Richard Evans

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA was Provost of Gresham College from 2014-2020. He is a world-renowned historian and academic, with many of his books now acknowledged as seminal works in the field of modern history. He was Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge from 2008 until his retirement in September 2014. 

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Jude Kelly CBE

Jude Kelly CBE

Jude Kelly CBE is CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation. She founded WOW in 2018 to celebrate the achievements of women and girls...

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Julia Laite

Julia Laite

Julia Laite is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. She researches and teaches on the history of women, crime, sexuality and migration...

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Julie-Marie Strange

Julie-Marie Strange

Julie-Marie Strange first lectureship post in 2001 was at Birkbeck where she benefited enormously from Joanna's mentorship (despite Joanna being on leave - a sign...

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Robin May Schott

Robin May Schott

Robin May Schott is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. A philosopher, she works with interdisciplinary research on conflict, violence, war, and...

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Pat Thane

Pat Thane

Pat Thane is Professor Emerita in History, University of London and  Visiting Professor in History, Birkbeck College. Publications include: Foundations of the Welfare State (2nd...

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