This project was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380.

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© 2019 Art in Conflict

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
Ground Floor, Strand, Kings College London, United Kingdom

War, Art and Visual Culture: LONDON

Keynote Conversations

Simon Norfolk & Donald Weber

In Conversation with
Dr Paul Lowe, University Art London

Giles Price 

In Conversation with
Magda Keaney, National Portrait Gallery

Hrair Sarkissian

In Conversation with
Prof Vivienne Jabri, War Studies, Kings College London

War, Art and Visual Culture: London at War Studies, Kings College London, is a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence.  These images are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high.  News images of attacks on major cities are immediate and their presentation emotive, videos of military strikes and terror incidents spark across the internet in seconds.  Contemporary artists and photojournalists reflect on these images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence.  War, Art and Visual Culture: London is the second of a series of three international symposia being held this year in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as part of the Art in Conflict project – the London symposium consists of three keynote conversations and four expert panels of high-profile practitioners, curators and theorists, addressing temporality, photography, the postcolonial body and sexual violence.  


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.

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 

Please direct any questions to A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir at  

Assoc 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