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War, Art and Visual Culture

An International Symposium on the Art and Visual Culture of War, Conflict and Political Violence

Monday 25 February 2019 SH Ervin Gallery
Sydney, Australia


Prof Joanna Bourke
Professor of History, Birkbeck, London and editor of War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict (2017)
Dr George Gittoes AM Sydney Peace Prize 2015,
Bassel Shehadeh Award for Social Justice USA 2013

Today’s images of war and violent conflict are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high. News images of attacks on major European cities are immediate and their presentation emotive, videos of ISIS beheadings or military strikes spark across the internet in seconds, and contemporary war artists reflect on these images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence. Artists and photojournalists are often embedded with troops, while others risk everything to work independently. Some voices dominate, while others are excluded. In recent years, then, the art and visual culture surrounding conflict is diverse and politically complex. War, Art and Visual Culture is a symposium aimed at exploring these complexities and generating new knowledge in this growing field.

The War, Art and Visual Culture symposium invites proposal submissions from artists, theorists, historians and researchers of war, art and visual culture.

We invite abstract submissions for individual 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for panel discussions, and other modes of presentation. We also invite graduate researchers, and particularly encourage interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and international submissions.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- The conflicts and compromises of embedding artists, journalists and photographers with troops
- Historical perspectives on war, art and visual culture in comparison with today
- The ethics and aesthetics of aftermath photography and moving images
- The exclusion of other voices from the art and visual culture of war
- Uncovering the violence of image archives
- The politics of aesthetics in images of war and violence
- Differences in the approaches and work of official and non-official war artists
- The still and moving digital image in contemporary warfare
- Populism and nationalism in the art and visual culture of war and conflict

For papers and panel proposals, please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words, as well as a brief CV and 100-word biography (for each participant). Deadline for submission is Monday 16 July 2018.

Please direct submissions and questions to A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir at kit.messham-muir@curtin.edu.au Accepted participants will be notified in August 2018.

The War, Art and Visual Culture symposium is presented as part of the Art in Conflict project by Curtin University, University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the SH Ervin Gallery (National Trust NSW), with the generous support of the Australian Research Council.

Assoc Prof Kit Messham-Muir
Lead Investigator, Art in Conflict project School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845

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2018 05 13 portnov1

Call for Applications


Viadrinicum is an annual summer school devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership region with a special focus on Ukraine. This year it will take place in the form of Transsectoral PeaceLab, aiming to tackle the issues of peace and (military) conflicts from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. With a strong emphasis on participatory formats the school will allow its participants to deepen their knowledge about conflict prevention, conflict transformation and peace mediation and enhance their practical and methodological skills in the framework of several project-oriented workshops.

The school seminars will be devoted to theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of memory and identity discourse in the conflicts areas of the Eastern Partnership region. Among others, the program includes the following seminars and workshops:

• Tatiana Zhurzhenko (Vienna), Memory Wars Before and After "Ukraine Crisis"
• Andrii Portnov (Frankfurt/Oder), Understanding Violence and War
• Lars Kirchhoff (Frankfurt/Oder), Anne Kraus (Frankfurt/Oder), Multitrack Conflict Management and Peace Mediation Method(s)
• Vesna Hart (Harrisonburg, VA), Restoring the Social Fabric: Bridging Memories and Narratives
• Marta Havryshko (L‘viv), Gender and War: Women in the Ukrainian Military during the War in Donbas

Besides the academic part, participants of the school will also be able to develop their own small (team) projects in the framework of three workshops (Art.Lab, Doc.Lab, Media.Lab) under the close guidance of professional experts.

Furthermore, there will be film screenings, public discussions, and Open Space
sessions where participants will have a chance to discuss their own scientific or
cultural projects with other participants and scholars.

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Subject to final approval of the German Foreign Offce and Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftstiftung (DPWS), European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) will be able to fund up to 30 travel scholarships (€ 100-700, depending on country of residence).

You can apply for the scholarship if you meet the following requirements:
• You are a student, a PhD candidate, an NGO activist or an artist up to 35 y/o, from any country of the world;
• You have a genuine interest in transsectoral and interdisciplinary approaches to the problems of conflict and peace;
• Your knowledge of English is suffcient to take an active part in the discussions.

Additionally to the Summer School, five German Ukrainian tandems will have an opportunity to carry on with their (research) projects on the role of culture in conflict regions in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Ukraine between June 2018 and May 2019. For more information, please visit www.goethe.de/ukraine 

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Підтримати проект historians.in.ua

in between


European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is launching a recruitment process for an ongoing educational project called In Between?, which aims to encourage the young generation of Europeans to explore 20th-century history by speaking with those who lived it. Participants are given a unique opportunity to gain theoretical and practical experience in documenting oral stories.

This time, participants will travel to Rijeka in Croatia and to Slovak-Czech borderland. The call for applications closes on 7 May 2018.

The call is open to all candidates age 18-25, including students and freelancers representing various areas of interest that may include history, cultural anthropology, sociology and audiovisual arts, among others. After being selected, they will take part in interdisciplinary workshops on 9-12 July and study visits on 13-19 July 2018.

After 4-day workshops in Warsaw participants will have learned the theoretical basics of interview methodology, digital video-camera operation, photography, digitalisation of visual materials, archiving and historical context. Then, they will be divided into groups of six to travel to border towns and other localities for seven days. During their stay they will conduct and document interviews with local inhabitants. Recollections, sound and video recordings, photographs, letters as well as scanned documents and other items reflecting the daily life of the communities will constitute a basis for building accounts of their travel that will be shared with historical institutions and local archives.

Factors to be considered in the recruitment process include a candidate's motivation to participate in the project, openness and readiness to cooperate. Knowledge of English and one of the languages spoken in a selected region is a must.

To obtain the application form, The Rules Governing the Recruitment of Participants and any further information please visit: www.enrs.eu/inbetween or contact Ms Karolina Dziełak, In Between? Project Coordinator (e-mail: karolina.dzielak@enrs.eu and telephone: 0048 22 395 7610).

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) is an international initiative focusing on research, documentation and dissemination of knowledge of Europe's 20th-century history and ways that it is commemorated with special focus on periods of dictatorships, war, and public opposition to captivity.

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2018 04 18 skrynia1


Шановні друзі і шанувальники!

Хочеться висловити слова великої вдячності тим нашим прихильникам, що підтримали наш проект. Завдяки Вашій підтримці ми продовжили публікації, здійснили певні технічні зміни, провели низку заходів у Полтаві «Історія. Гендер. Сексуальність. Полтава» 3-4 квітня 2018 р., продовжили наш відео і фото-проект, низку матеріалів, над якою працюємо, буде розміщено незабаром.

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Чехарін Артем – 270 грн.

Левін Костянтин – 500 грн.

Орел Андрій – 500 грн.

Касьянов Георгій – 500 грн.

Здоров Андрій – 200 грн.

Хаустов Віктор – 500 грн.

Шаталов Денис – 300 грн.

Танатарова Катерина – 250 грн.

Золотарьов Євген – 200 грн.

Леньо Павло – 150 грн.

Кривошея Ігор – 200 грн.

Тахтаулова Марія - 500 грн.

Білоус Тарас - 300 грн.

Михальчук Роман - 300 грн.

У наших ближчих планах кілька перекладів з історії Східної Європи та політики пам’яті. Організація конференції з історії радянського дитинства «між споживанням та ідеологією» у Харкові. Низка довготермінових ініціатив як інтерв’ю з молодими істориками та вивчення особливостей політичного життя «на провінції», поза губернськими центрами на початку ХХ ст.

Зараз ми опрацьовуємо розширення міжнародної співпраці на ширшому полі. Ще раз хочемо щиро подякувати за підтримку і побажати наснаги та успіху нашим симпатикам!

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Ми існуємо сьомий рік, маючи свою аудиторію, бачення концепції та широкі плани. Незважаючи на великі труднощі характерні для гуманітарного поля знань, вдалося зберегти проект та основу команди. Ми залишаємося важливим не масовим, але науково-освітнім ресурсом.

www. historians.in.uaнекомерційний проект. Незважаючи на широке партнерство і пошуки грантових підтримок, проведення публічних заходів, адміністрування, комунікація, технічне забезпечення, переклади та видавнича діяльність потребують певних ресурсів. Ми верифікуємо нашу діяльність і будемо вдячні за Вашу допомогу.

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