• Events

    Conference : The Writer as Psychological Warrior

    Online conference, hosted by Durham University 12-16 July 2021 . The tendency of the modern state is to wipe out the freedom of the intellect, and yet at the same time every state, especially under the pressure of war, finds itself more and more in need of an intelligentsia to do its publicity for it. George Orwell, ‘Poetry and the Microphone’ (1943) Writing in 1943, George Orwell reflected upon the challenges posed for both governments and intelligentsia by the rapid growth in wartime propaganda production. If the British government had begun the war ‘with the more or less openly declared intention of keeping the literary intelligentsia out of it […] after three years…

  • Events

    INVITATION: The Airspace Tribunal

    Towards a new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above 9 & 11 JUNE 2021 – REGISTER HERE Berlin Hearing (online via Zoom) Dates: 9 June 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm CEST9 June 2021, 4 pm – 6 pm CEST11 June 2021, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CEST WithChris Woods (Airwars), Lisa Ling (whistleblower), Omar Mohammed (Mosul Eye), Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch), Jutta Weber (University of Paderborn), Alirio Uribe Muñoz & Sebastián Escobar Uribe (both CAJAR), Andreas Schüller (ECCHR), Shona Illingworth & Nick Grief (both University of Kent). Counsel to the Tribunal: Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights invites you to join the next hearing of the Airspace Tribunal. In the past decades, humans have radically transformed the sky – militarily,…

  • Projects,  Publications

    Visualising War Podcast

    How do war stories work? And what do they do to us? These questions are central to the work of many WAM members so the Visualising War Project hope that you will be interested in their new podcast which is launching to explore these questions and more. https://visualisingwar.buzzsprout.com Led by Drs Alice König and Nicolas Wiater, Visualising War is an interdisciplinary research project based at the University of St Andrews (https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/visualising-war/). It looks at how war gets represented in art, text, drama, music and many other kinds of storytelling. Exploring material from the ancient world to the present day, we unpick representations of many different kinds of conflict from all…

  • Publications

    Review of ‘Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo’

    Book:  Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo: Kenneth Morrison: Bloomsbury Academic by  Kenneth Morrison, Paul Lowe (2021) Review by Gordana Knezevic: Gordana Knezevic was the deputy editor-in-chief of Sarajevo daily newspaper ‘Oslobodjenje’ during the siege of Sarajevo (1992-1995). Following the war, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, where she worked for Reuters (1999-2007), and later Radio Free Europe (2007-2018) in Prague, where she was Balkan Service director. The First Draft of History In 1987, as I prepared to take up the post of Middle East correspondent for my newspaper, ‘Oslobodjenje’, I knew that I was headed for a ‘troubled’ part of the world. Although based in Cairo, I would occasionally be called upon…

  • Events

    Enemy Encounters: Online Conference

    19th-20th July 2021 Hosted by the IWM Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict and the Cardiff University AHRC funded project ‘Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters 1800-2020’, this event seeks to explore views of enmity and allegiance in modern warfare. The conference focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries but we also welcome pro-posals relating to the nineteenth century which look forward to that era. We are interested in a broad, interdisciplinary range of approaches to experiences and representations of the enemy, with a particular focus on how the ‘other’ side is presented in museums, in first person writings, journalism, literature, art, performance, film and photography.  While the 1914…