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Friday, January 09, 2009

Conference Alert: Visual Conflicts

From H-ArtHist:

Visual Conflicts: Art History and the Formation of Political Memory
A one-day conference at University College London on Saturday, 7 March

Location: Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 2:

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 wayor 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.

Closing date for registration 27 February 2009. There is no fee. Lunch provided.

If you wish to attend please forward your name, affiliation and a contact number to , or


Registration and coffee

Tamar Garb, Paul Fox, Gil Pasternak
Introductory Remarks

Tom Gretton (University College London)
Camp life: news pictures of military men and domesticity in British
and French imperial armies c.1870 to c.1900

Eva Kernbauer (University of Bern)
Mediality and historiality in Videograms of a Revolution

Sue Walker (University College London)
Fragments and the epic: soldierly subjectivity after Napoleon


Katy Parry (Liverpool University)
Haven't I seen that before? Photographic clichés of conflict and loss
in the British press

John Curley (Wake Forest University)
Life magazine "Picture of the Week" from 22 May 1944


Thomas Cauvin (European University Institute)
Exhibiting a conflict during a peace process; bicentenary of the 1798
rebellion in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Kira Shrewfelt (University of South California)
A martyr's aesthetic: digital media in the twenty first century Middle

Summing up and discussion


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