Programme Information

Inside Conflict: War through the Lenses of Soldiers and Civilians

This one-day symposium explores potential connections between diverse lens-based depictions of war produced in the ‘first person’, along with the inter-disciplinary possibilities their study makes available. It aims to forge links across visual cultures that are often treated in isolation from each other, and to identify the methodologies and frameworks that different disciplines can provide when addressing photographs and videos made by soldiers and civilians. The symposium will also consider what these types of image can teach us about the histories of warfare, the histories of film and photography, and the relationships they share. 

Programme

10.30-10.50 Registration

10.50-11.00 Introduction (Ben Burbridge, Co-Director, Centre for the Visual, University of Sussex)

Panel 1: History, Memory and the Archive

Chaired by Lucy Robinson (Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sussex)

11.00-11.20 David Alan Mellor (Prof in Art History, University of Sussex) – Reflections on Time. Conflict. Photography.

11.20-11.40 Mandy Sadan (Reader in the History of South East Asia, SOAS) – The photographic records of armed ethnic organisations in Burma: their historical and social significance

11.40-12.00 Andrew Hoskins (Prof of Sociology, Glasgow) – Are We Losing the History of Warfare?

12.00-12.30 Panel Discussion

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Panel 2: Bearing Witness: Soldier Photography, Past and Present

Chaired by Sarah Maltby (Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Sussex)

13.30-13.50 Hilary Roberts (Senior Curator of Photography, Imperial War Museum) – William Lawrence:  POW Photographer 1941-1945 

13.50-14.10 Liam Kennedy (Prof of America Studies, UCD) – Soldier Photography and the War on Terror

14.10-14.30 Lisa Silvestri (Ass Prof of Communication Studies, Gonzaga University) – Online Visualizations of War

14.30-15.00 Panel discussion

15.00-15.30 Break

Panel 3: Re-Use: The Politics of Digital Image Culture

Chaired by Ben Burbridge (Co-Director, Centre for the Visual, University of Sussex)

15.30-15.50 Monica Haller (artist, USA) (I saw this.) 

15.50-16.10 Irina Lembacher (Ass Prof of Film studies, Keene State College) – War Documentary in the Age of Digital (Re-)Production:  The “Grunt” Witness

16.10-16.30 Francesco Sebregondi and Christina Varvia (Centre for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths) – A thousand eyes, and one: Investigating Gaza’s latest war through social media footage and satellite imagery

16.30-17.00 Panel Discussion

Book Your Tickets Now

Friday 30th October 2015 University of Sussex  
Inside Conflict: War Through the Lens of Soldiers and Civilians is a free event but tickets must be booked in advance.
Tickets are now available from our Eventbrite page, to book please click here.

Organised by the Sussex Centre for the Visual with support from The Centre for Resistance Studies and the War and Media Network.

This one-day symposium explores potential links between diverse lens-based depictions of war produced in the ‘first person’ alongside the inter-disciplinary possibilities their study makes available. It aims to forge connections across visual cultures that are often treated in isolation from each other, and to identify the methodologies and frameworks that different disciplines can provide when addressing films and photographs created by soldiers and civilians. In doing so, we consider what these types of image can teach us about the histories of warfare, the histories of film and photography, and the relationships they share.

The symposium draws together the perspectives of artists, curators, anthropologists, art historians, photography theorists, film studies scholars, historians, sociologists and scholars of media and communications studies to examine a wide range of visual cultures. These include first-person documentary film, ‘vernacular’ photography, community photography, participatory art, citizen journalism, soldiers’ memoirs and the circulation of images on social media.

The event is free. Booking information available soon.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Monica Haller (artist, USA)
  • Andrew Hoskins (Prof of Sociology, Glasgow)
  • Liam Kennedy (Prof of America Studies, UCD)
  • Irina Lembacher (Assistant Prof of Film studies, Keene State College)
  • David Alan Mellor (Prof in Art History, University of Sussex)
  • Hilary Roberts (Senior Curator, Imperial War Museum)
  • Mandy Sadan (Reader in the History of South East Asia, SOAS)
  • Francesco Sebregondi and Christina Varvia (Centre for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths)
  • Lisa Silvestri (Associate Prof of Communication Studies, Gonzaga University)

Save the Date: Friday 30 October, University of Sussex

Organised by the Sussex Centre for the Visual with support from The Centre for Resistance Studies and the War and Media Network.

This one-day symposium explores potential links between diverse lens-based depictions of war produced in the ‘first person’ alongside the inter-disciplinary possibilities their study makes available. It aims to forge connections across visual cultures that are often treated in isolation from each other, and to identify the methodologies and frameworks that different disciplines can provide when addressing films and photographs created by soldiers and civilians. In doing so, we consider what these types of image can teach us about the histories of warfare, the histories of film and photography, and the relationships they share.

The symposium draws together the perspectives of artists, curators, anthropologists, art historians, photography theorists, film studies scholars, historians, sociologists and scholars of media and communications studies to examine a wide range of visual cultures. These include first-person documentary film, ‘vernacular’ photography, community photography, participatory art, citizen journalism, soldiers’ memoirs and the circulation of images on social media.

The event is free. Booking information available soon.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Monica Haller (artist, USA)
  • Andrew Hoskins (Prof of Sociology, Glasgow)
  • Liam Kennedy (Prof of America Studies, UCD)
  • Irina Lembacher (Assistant Prof of Film studies, Keene State College)
  • David Alan Mellor (Prof in Art History, University of Sussex)
  • Hilary Roberts (Senior Curator, Imperial War Museum)
  • Mandy Sadan (Reader in the History of South East Asia, SOAS)
  • Francesco Sebregondi and Christina Varvia (Centre for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths)
  • Lisa Silvestri (Associate Prof of Communication Studies, Gonzaga University)