New Voices | Art & Conflict

November 9, 2018

New Voices is the Association for Art History’s annual one-day conference for new postgraduate research about art, art history and visual culture. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of New Voices for art history.

Depictions of conflict have played a significant artistic and political role in various cultures throughout history.
Recent studies have focused on the part that art and artists play during armed conflict, revolutions, and reconciliation, demonstrating the potential art has to glorify, memorialise, critique or oppose conflict. In addition, conflict is present in ongoing discourse surrounding post-colonial theory and the role of cultural institutions in relation to looted art and artefacts.

New Voices 2018 will give postgraduate and doctoral researchers an opportunity to discuss the topic of art and conflict and to address persistent historical, contextual, and conceptual questions. How do artists represent conflict in their work? How can art be used as a weapon of resistance and a means of reconstruction? What is the artist’s obligation, if any, to conflict? How does art respond uniquely to different kinds of conflict?

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Venue:Hunter Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

9.00-9.15 Registration and morning coffee

9.15-20 Welcome

9.20-10.50 Panel 1: Destruction and Display

9.20-9.50 Hardeep Dhindsa (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Architecture of Conflict: Examining the Parallels between ISIL’s Destruction of Palmyra and Alexander the Great’s Burning of Persepolis,’

9.50-10.20 Lauren Dudley (Newcastle University) ‘Hubert Robert’s Louvre in Ruins: art and conflict during the French Revolution,’

10.20- 10.50 Ann Chow (National Archives/Birkbeck, University of London) ‘Exhibiting works in war time: modern Brazilian paintings,’

10.50-11.10 Coffee Break

11.10-12.40 Panel 2: Visualization and Memorialization of Conflict

11.10-11.40 Emily Christensen (Courtauld Institute of Art), ‘Violence and Voyeurism in the Tunisian Photographs of Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky,’

11.40 -12.10 Katarzyna Falecka (UCL), ‘Framing Bodies and Battlefields: The Politics of Marc Garanger’s Return to Algeria in 2004,’

12.10-12.40 Jayne Buchanan (Plymouth University), ‘Icons of War: John Keane, Gulf,’

1-2.30 Lunch and Visit to the Centre of Research Collections

2.50- 4.20 Panel 3: Conflict in Cultural Institutions

2.50-3.20 Nikki Kane (University of Edinburgh), ‘Conflict in contemporary curatorial practice,’

3.20- 3.50 Ines Rödl (University of Regensburg), ‘Quarrel at the Bauhaus: Johannes Itten vs Walter Gropius,’

3.50- 4.20 Madeleine Harrison (Courtauld Institute of Art), ‘FIRE!! Magazine and the Visualisation of Cultural Conflict,’

4.30-5.30 Keynote, Emma Cunliffe (Newcastle University), ‘Life in ruins: Cultural heritage destruction and protection in conflict’

5.30-6.30 Wine Reception, John Higgitt Gallery

£10 members
£15 standard
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Tickets include refreshments, lunch, keynote and wine reception.

New Voices 2018 is kindly supported by the History of Art Department, University of Edinburgh.

New Voices is organised by the Association’s Doctoral and Early Career Research (DECR) Network Project Board. This year’s event was co-organised by Naomi Stewart (University of Edinburgh) and Karolina Koczynska (University of Edinburgh)

Image: ‘Los fusilamientos del tres de mayo’ by Francisco de Goya (1814)