How do war stories work? And what do they do to us?
Join members of the Visualising War research group as we explore how war and battle get presented in art, text, film and music. With the help of expert guests, we unpick war stories from all sorts of different periods and places. And we ask how they the tales we tell and the pictures we paint of war influence us as individuals and shape the societies we live in.
Our interviewees include war reporters, artists, video-game designers, museum curators and theatre, film and documentary makers. We also talk to peace campaigners, NGOs and clinical psychologists, to find out how storytelling impacts their work with victims of conflict all around the world. And we interview serving soldiers, veterans, defence trainers and strategists, to find out what narratives of war flourish in their respective worlds and what influence they have.
In addition, we have a range of academics amongst our guests: experts in ancient war poetry, medieval religion, the ‘just war’ tradition, trends in memorialisation, militarism in popular culture, the history of grand strategy-making, human rights, international politics, the psychology of collective action, and processes of identify formation – among many other topics!
If you have ever wanted to think more about how war stories work and what they do to us, tune in here! And don’t forget to subscribe to the show so that you don’t miss an episode. Anyone requiring auto captions can access the podcast via YouTube. You can find a schedule of upcoming episodes here.
‘Sorry for the War’: photographer Peter van Agtmael's take on the US at war – Visualising War
- ‘Sorry for the War’: photographer Peter van Agtmael's take on the US at war
- War and Peace Reporting in Afghanistan
- The Poetics of Rome’s Punic Wars
- Ancient Greek warfare and its influence on modern habits of visualising war
- Visualising Future Conflict through Storytelling with Matthew Brown, Emily Spiers and Will Slocombe
- How War Disrupts the Experience of Time with Julian Wright
- Re-presenting well-known conflicts at the Imperial War Museums: World War II and the Holocaust
- Strategy-making and/as Storytelling with Phillips O’Brien
- Re-presenting well-known conflicts at the Imperial War Museums: World War I
- Gallipoli to the Somme: musical responses to WW1 with Kate Kennedy and Anthony Ritchie
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