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An International Symposium on the Art and Visual Culture of War, Conflict and Political Violence

9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 31 May 2019, Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

The Strand, Kings College London, United Kingdom

War, Art and Visual Culture: LONDON


Simon Norfolk &

Donald Weber
In Conversation with Dr Paul Lowe
University Arts London


Giles Price

In Conversation with Magda Keaney
National Portrait Gallery, London


Hrair Sarkissian

In Conversation with Prof Vivienne Jabri, Kings College London

War, Art and Visual Culture: London at War Studies, Kings College London, was a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence.  It was the second of a series of four international symposia held in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as part of the Art in Conflict project – the London symposium consisted of three keynote conversations and four expert panels of high-profile practitioners, curators and theorists, addressing temporality, photography, the postcolonial body and sexual violence.  



9:00am-9:05am: Introduction 

A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir, Curtin University


9:05am-9:45am: Keynote Conversation 1: Simon Norfolk and Donald Weber
in conversation with Dr Paul Lowe, University Arts London 


9:45am-10:55am: Panel Discussion 1: War, Art and the Postcolonial Body

Chair and Session Convenor: Prof Vivienne Jabri, War Studies, Kings College London

Zehra Jumabhoy

Laurie Benson


11:55am-11:25am: Morning Break


11:25am-12:35pm: Panel Discussion 2: War, Temporality and Shifting Ideas of ‘now’

Chair and Session Convenor: Assoc Prof Kit Messham-Muir, Curtin University

David Cotterrell

eX de Medici 

Mladen Miljanović 


12:35pm-1:35pm: Lunch (provided)


1:35pm-2:15pm: Keynote Conversation 2: Giles Price
in conversation with Magda Keaney, Senior Curator, Photography, National Portrait Gallery 


2:15pm-3:25pm: Panel Discussion 3: Photography and the Edges of Representation​

Chair and Session Convenor: Max Houghton, University Arts London 

Tomas van Houtryve

Poulomi Basu

Aletheia Casey


3:25pm-3:55pm: Afternoon Break


3:55pm-4:35pm: Keynote Conversation 3: Hrair Sarkissian
in conversation with Prof Vivienne Jabri, War Studies, Kings College London

4:35pm-5:15pm: Panel Discussion 4: Art, War and Sexual Violence: 

Chair and Session Convenor: Prof Ana Carden-Coyne, Centre for the Cultural History of War, University of Manchester 

Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Azza Abo Ribieh

5:15pm End 

War, Art and Visual Culture: London is hosted with the generous support of War Studies, Kings College London.

The Art in Conflict project is led by Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in collaboration with University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW).  This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.  Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380.

Please direct any questions to Prof Kit Messham-Muir at  

Prof Kit Messham-Muir
Lead Investigator, Art in Conflict project
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845

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