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The past, the present and the future of war and culture studies

25-26 June 2015

Established in 1995, the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS) celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a conference to take stock of the development of war and culture studies over the last two decades, to review what has been achieved and to set the research agenda for the short and long-term future of the field. The range of research interests in the remit of the GWACS and the Journal of War and Culture Studies (JWACS) will be covered in the course of the conference:

  • The relationship between war and culture during conflict and its aftermath
  • The forms and practices of cultural transmission in time of war
  • The impact of war on cultural production, cultural identity and international cultural relations
  • The comparative, cross-cultural representation of the experiences of war and conflict in cultural production
  • Historical scope: wars and conflicts in the modern and contemporary periods (understood as the European modern era, late 18th century to the present day)
  • Geographical scope: wars and conflicts across world geographical and cultural areas

The broad aim of the conference is to demonstrate, beyond the scope of each particular paper, a further reflection on the contribution of the analysis and approach adopted to the continuing development of war and culture studies.

Selected papers will be published in two special issues of the JWACS in 2016.

Registration details

To register for the conference, please email Helena Scott by Friday 19 June.

Discounted subscription for the Journal of War and Culture Studies

A special discounted subscription rate for the Journal of War and Culture Studies (JWACS) is available for delegates to the Conference. Each delegate is offered the opportunity to subscribe to the 2015 volume (vol. 8, four issues) of the Journal of War and Culture Studies at the discounted rate of £35 (print and online format). This can be done prior to the conference by requesting it at the time of registration, or during the conference. Maney, the publishers of the JWACS, will also collect payment from delegates opting to subscribe to the JWACS, during the conference.

Conference programme

Download the conference programme (PDF format)