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    Docu-Fictions of War

    U.S. Interventionism in Film and Literature by Tatiana Prorokova May 2019Visit the publishers site for more information About the Book Historical writing and fiction are not the same thing, though historians often creatively manipulate material in imposing plot structures, selecting starting and ending points, and fashioning compelling literary characters from historical figures. In Docu-Fictions of War, Tatiana Prorokova argues that the opposite is also true—war fiction offers a kind of history that both documents its subjects and provides a snapshot of the cultural representation of the United States’ most recent military involvements. She covers a largely neglected body of cinematic and literary texts about the First Gulf War, the Balkan War,…

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    Drawing Wars: Art and Cultural Memory

    Cultures and Commemorations of War Workshop Five Thursday 9 May, 10.30 – 17.30 Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford Registration is now open for this free event on Drawing Wars: Art and Cultural Memory at the University of Oxford. This event features a keynote conversation with the world-famous graphic novelist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, Footnotes in Gaza, Journalism), as well as talks by the Yemeni street artist Murad Subay, Bram Ttwheam, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Steve Dixon, Johnny Magee and Tony Crowley. All details and links to registration below.  A one-day interdisciplinary workshop considering the artistic and visual representation of war The interdisciplinary seminar series ‘Cultures and Commemorations of War’ brings together early career researchers and advanced scholars with practitioners, policy…

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    Visualising War in Different Media: Interplay and Intervention

    An immersive workshop organised by Alice König (arw6@st-andrews.ac.uk)  Monday 8th April 2019 The aim: This immersive workshop will offer researchers an opportunity to reflect, in an interdisciplinary context, on two important issues at the heart of the Visualising War research project: the power of different media to generate varying responses to war for different viewers/audiences in different periods and places; and the ways in which interaction between different media can influence our reception of individual narratives and broader habits of visualising war. Following on from the project’s recent Ethics of Engagement workshop, there will be a particular focus on war stories as ‘interventions’, with input from researchers, artists and performers. In particular, we…

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    JWCS: Special Issue on War, Peace, and Sport

    The Journal of War and Culture Studies seeks submissions for a special issue exploring the relationship between war, peace and sport from the nineteenth century to the present day. At various points in human history, but most notably perhaps in the late nineteenth century, sport has been conceived as a means of preparing young, usually male bodies and minds for combat. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the nineteenth century also bore witness to the rise of nationalism; physical education in many Western European nations, for example, often bore a deliberate resemblance to military training. The nation state and the two processes (the development of sports and national cultures) have often been…

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    Bringing War to Book

    Writing and Producing the Military Memoir Authors: Woodward, Rachel, Jenkings, K. Neil To purchase or more information from Palgrave This book explores how military memoirs come to be written and published. Looking at the journeys through which soldiers and other military personnel become writers, the authors draw on over 250 military memoirs published since 1980 about service with the British armed forces, and on interviews with published military memoirists who talk in detail about the writing and production of their books.  A range of themes are explored including: the nature of the military memoir; motivations for writing; authors’ reflections on their readerships; inclusions and exclusions within the text; the memories and materials that…