A one-day conference at University College London on Saturday, 7 March 2009.
The conference will explore ways in which visual culture has engaged with armed conflict and politically-motivated acts of violence of all types. It aims to provide a platform for developing links between issues of memory formation, the politics of violence and visual representation. Working with the analytical framework of the discipline of art history, it will consider the entire field of visual representation, to include, for instance, documentary film, reportage as well as images produced by individual agents but that were made public in one way or another. It will consider questions such as how pre-existing narratives of conflict condition the way in which we derive meaning from representations of politically motivated acts of violence and to explore the implications for art historical inquiry posed by shifts in imaging technologies and of the experience of war itself.
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