Cultures and Commemorations of War: An Interdisciplinary Seminar Series

Workshop Two: Seeing War: War and Cultural Memory

Friday 25 May

St. Luke’s Chapel, TORCH, University of Oxford

Funded by a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award

This interdisciplinary seminar series ‘Cultures and Commemorations of War’ brings together early career researchers and advanced scholars working on the memory of war in a range of disciplines with practitioners, policy makers, charities, and representatives from the media and culture and heritage industries. Through a series of three one-day workshops held in Oxford and London in 2017-18, this series aims to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about the history and nature of war commemoration across time and its cultural, social, psychological and political iterations.

The third event will include a morning postgraduate and ECR seminar run by Laura Harrison, Rob Page, and Chris Kempshall, with readings circulated in advance (welcome to all). The afternoon includes a panel on ‘Visualising War’, with the photographer Jason Larkin discussing his project Past Perfect and the writer Robert Schultz talking about his collaborative project on memory of the American Civil War, War Memoranda. The keynote from Marita Sturken is on 9/11 memory, considering the the 9/11 memorial and the Flight 93 memorial comparatively. The closing roundtable featuring the film historian Mike Hammond. The venue this time is the lovely St. Luke’s Chapel on the Radcliffe Humanities site in Oxford.

The schedule is below and the poster is attached. The day is free and open to all and includes morning pastries, lunch, coffee and a wine reception.

Please register here: Please feel free to tweet about the event in advance using the hashtag #seeingwar

For more information, contact Alice Kelly (

  • 10.00: Coffee and Registration
  • 10.15-12.00: Workshop led by ECRs – Rob Page, Laura Harrison, Chris Kempshall
  • 12.00-13.00: Lunch
  • 13.00-13.15: Opening Remarks – Alice Kelly
  • 13.15-14.30: Panel: Visualising Conflict – Jason Larkin and Robert Schultz, chaired by Dominic Davies
  • 14.30-15.00: Coffee
  • 15.00-16.00: Keynote – Marita Sturken, chaired by Lucinda Borkett-Jones
  • 16.00-17.00: Closing Roundtable – Marita Sturken, Michael Hammond, chaired by Alice Kelly
  • 17.00: Wine Reception

For those of you on Twitter, check out the Twitter Takeover by Postgraduates and ECRs happening every week in the run up to this event, featuring the Bright Young Things of war and memory studies. So far we’ve had week-long takeovers by Hanna Smyth, Louise Bell, Rob Page, Laura Harrison, and currently up is Jan Tattenberg. Still to come are Chris Kempshall, Eleanor Rowley and Doreen Pastor. Follow the conversation @cultcommwar