The Book

Due to be published Summer 2020

Publishers: Bloomsbury. Details to follow

Editors: Maltby, S., O’Loughlin, B., Parry, K., Roselle, L.

Spaces of War provides a rich, international and multi-disciplinary engagement with the convergence of war and media through the conceptual lens of ‘space’.

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Cover Image: “Aluminium Waste Pond at Petkovici” © Simon Norfolk

Overview

‘Space’ offers a profound, challenging and original framework through which notions of communication, enactment, memory and power are interrogated not only in terms of how media spaces (traditional, digital, cultural, aesthetic, mnemonic) transform the conduct, outcomes and consequences of war for all involved, but also how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) recreate space in a manner that is transformative across political, social, cultural and personal spheres. Foregrounding the work of artists, activists and practitioners alongside more traditional scholarly approaches Spaces of War engages with the ‘messiness’ of war and media through the convergence of practice and theory, where showing and embodying is made explicit.

The intention of the book derives from a recognition that a wider framework is needed to understand not only the transformative nature of war and media convergence, but also the ways in which all involved become implicated in those processes. 

We use ‘Space’ as a conceptual lens in order to consider, evaluate and reflect upon the convergence of war and media through two framing themes:

  • Spaces of War: Spaces of War allows us to analyse how media spaces (traditional, digital, cultural, aesthetic, mnemonic) are used to position war in space and time in a manner that transforms the conduct, outcomes and consequences of war for all involved.
  • War of Spaces: War of Spaces allows us to analyse how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) utilize, integrate and compete over (media) spaces thereby recreating space and time in a manner that is transformative across political, social, cultural and personal spheres.

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Book Contents

Introduction

Ben O’Loughlin and Laura Roselle: Spaces of War: War of Spaces – an Introduction

Part One: Spaces of War

  1. Jane Quinn: War art, digital media and the audience encounter
  2. Nicolette Barsdorf-Liebchen: The Cadastral: towards a visual forensics of in/visible spaces of war
  3. Rhys Crilley & Precious N. Chatterje-Doody: Digital spaces of war: Genre and affective investments in RT’s representations of the Syrian conflict
  4. Eileen Culloty: Conspiracy and the epistemological challenges of mediatized conflict
  5. Kevin Foster: Command and control meets the decentralised network: Conventional militaries, social media and the information environment
  6. Sean Aday: The myth of a thousand westerns: Media and just war theory

Part Two: War of Spaces

  • Dina Matar & Kholoud Helmi: Liminality, gendering and Syrian alternative media spaces
  • Nathaniel Brunt: #Shaheed: A metaphotographic study of Kashmir’s insurgency (2014-2016)
  • Melanie Friend: The Plain (a photographic work-in-progress)
  • Jill Gibbon: This is not a bomb – matériel culture and the arms trade 
  • Liudmila Voronova: Dialogic spaces in the situation of conflict: stepping stones and sticking points
  • Jolle Demmers, Lauren Gould & David Snetselaar: Perfect war and its contestations

Conclusion

Sarah Maltby and Katy Parry: Where War Inhabits