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New Book: Spaces of War, War of Spaces

Published July 23rd 2020 by Bloomsbury

Editor(s): Sarah Maltby, Ben O’Loughlin, Katy Parry, Laura Roselle

Cover image: Aluminium Waste Pond at Petkovici from the Bleed series 2005. © Simon-Norfolk

Spaces of War, War of Spaces 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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Overview

‘Space’ offers a profound, challenging and original framework through which notions of communication, embodiment, enactment, memory and power are interrogated not only in terms of how media spaces (traditional, digital, cultural, aesthetic, embodied, mnemonic) transform the conduct, outcomes and consequences of war for all involved, but how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) recreate space in a manner that is transformative across political, social, cultural and personal spheres.

We use ‘Space’ to consider, evaluate and reflect upon the convergence of war and media through two frames:

  • Spaces of War: where we 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: where we analyse how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) utilise, integrate and compete over (media) spaces thereby recreating space and time 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, War of Spaces engages with the ‘messiness’ of war and media through the convergence of practice and theory, where showing and embodying is made explicit.

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