CFP: The Pictures of War:The Still Image in Conflict since 1945, 23-25 May 2018

Jon Cattapan, Night Figures (Gleno), 2009, oil and acrylic on linen, 180 x 250 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy: Station, Melbourne.

24 & 25 May 2018 – Main Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University
23 May 2018 – Public Lecture at the Imperial War Museum North
23 May 2018 – Masterclass for Postgraduates Research Students

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A conference on the intersections of conflict and pictures from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

Since the end of the Second World War, the nature and depiction of geopolitical conflicts have changed in technology, scale and character. The Cold War political landscape saw many anti-colonial struggles for liberation and national identity become proxy battlegrounds for the major powers. Wars continue to be waged in the name of democracy and terror, and in the interests of linguistic, theological and racial worldviews and migration and displacement are again at the top of the agenda.

As the technologies of war have shifted, so have the technologies of making pictures. This conference seeks to engage with these phenomena through critically engaged approaches to the processes of visualisation, their methodologies and epistemologies to contribute to our understanding of the ways conflicts are pictured. The intention is to expand the field of enquiry beyond localised, thematic or media-specific approaches and to encourage new perspectives on the material and visual cultures of pictures.