Livio Senigalliesi

We invite you to the 'War and Emotions' Conference and Exhibition on Friday 25 March 2022 from 12:45PM at the University Aula in Bergen, Norway. 


War and conflict are ongoing around the world. The devastating and emotional aspects of war and soldiering are highlighted once again through the unfolding war and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

This conference will explore the emotions of war from the perspective of those who fight. In particular, how are emotions turned into weapons of war? What are the emotional dynamics of killing on the battlefield? What are the seductive and desirable qualities of war?

It is only by taking the wide array of sensations and emotions into account that we will be equipped to understand how war blurs the boundaries between the extraordinary and the ordinary and to foresee the long-term effects of war on those who practice it.

The conference features guest lectures by Antonius Robben (Utrecht University), Victoria Basham (Cardiff University) and Siniša Malešević (University College Dublin), bringing together experts from across disciplines, including anthropology, international relations and sociology. Please find the conference program here.

This event is held in-person and is open to the public (this event will not be live streamed). Please register your attendance in advance.



The 'War and Emotions’ exhibition includes commissioned paintings by local Norwegian artist Trine Berntsen, photographs by Italian photojournalist Livio Senigalliesi and researchers in the field, and artefacts from a school project.

Tea, coffee and sweets will be served on arrival and finger food and refreshments will be provided after the conference.

This event is hosted as part of the 'War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience' research project funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No.101001106) and led by Research Professor Antonio De Lauri at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

We hope you can join us!

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Hume at