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.
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
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
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