Broadcasting War

An interdisciplinary 1-day workshop
University of  Warwick – Saturday 6th May 2017

Booking now open (£10/£5 students):

This workshop will bring together scholars interested in how war has been broadcast to the public in the 20th and 21st centuries. From the early use of radio, through to newsreel, television, 24-hour news, and now social media, the ways in which war has been broadcast has constantly evolved. Not only has the media changed, the sources of broadcasts now include state broadcasters, international corporations and citizen journalists. We hope to understand the forces driving changes in the way war has been broadcast, and how it is remediated and remembered via the media, and how the public have both received and participated in those developments.

There will be three sessions during the workshop:

Radio brings war into the home 

  • Tim Lockley (Warwick) ‘Our American Way of Living’: American radio on the eve of World War II
  • Kay Chadwick (Liverpool) Home truths? Domestic space and radio propaganda in occupied France
  • Alban Webb (Sussex) Domestic Services: international broadcasting and the Home Front
  • 12.00-1.00 Lunch

Remembering and remediating war 

  • Andrew Hoskins (Glasgow) War, Memory and the Fallen Image.
  • James Chapman (Leicester) Foyle’s War and revisionist narratives of the home front during the Second World War
  • Christine Geraghty (Glasgow) “We sent boys to die”: sentiment and melodrama in the BBC’s The Passing Bells (2014)

War and the young audience 

  • Faye Woods (Reading) The Squaddies of BBC Three: Televising Conflict for a Youth Audience in Our War
  • Cindy Carter (Cardiff) Watching children, watching news in times of war and conflict
  • Maya Goetz (Prix Jeunesse International) How children imagine war: Inner pictures of children without war experience and the role of media

The workshop is a collaboration between the School of Comparative American Studies and the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Studies and sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre.