How is war recorded in visual media? And what are we talking about when we talk about war? What, exactly, constitutes war and what qualifies as a visual representation of it? Human conflict and the visual arts have perhaps never remained completely separate from each other. Given war’s omnipresence throughout human history and its interconnectedness with politics and propaganda, the content of its imagery projects certain facets of warfare while concealing others. What is revealed through agency and to what extent is it permitted to prevail? Whose viewpoint is represented? How politicized or personal is an image of war? How does imagery produced by war participants compare with officially sanctioned works? How is such imagery digested and understood in our own age?
This conference will bring together multiple perspectives on representations of war in visual culture. It is intended that the conference will lead to the formation of a multidisciplinary, international scholarly community with its own calendar of events and digital presence.
Prof Brendan Dooley (University College Cork)
Prof Paul Gough (University of the West of England)
Dr Laura Brandon (Canadian War Museum)
Dr Paul Fox (University College London)
Dr Sabine Kriebel (University College Cork)
Panels topics will include: the classical world, print culture of WWI and WWII, home front, women and war, memory, colonial encounters, commemoration and the built environment, bodies, senses and spaces of war; propaganda; art during the rise of fascism, the soldier’s body, resistance, battlefield imagery in Renaissance Italy, artist as witness (including official war artists), photography, film, identity, internment, soldier-artists, responses to contemporary conflicts, trauma, perspectives of curators and archivists.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork in hosting our event on Day 3 in their historic building.
The conference is also announced on the UCC website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/history/wva/
Organisers: Ann Murray (Dept of History of Art, UCC), Alan Drumm (School of History, UCC)
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