Art and Conflict: Investigating Cross-Disciplinary Methodologies

deadline for submissions: 
April 6, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Melbourne

‘Art and Conflict: Investigating Cross-Disciplinary Methodologies’

Workshop 25 – 26 June 2018

VCA and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Works of art speak truths about war and conflict in a way that cannot be easily articulated by disciplines such as law or political science. As a result, scholars in these disciplines are increasingly paying attention to art made during conflict as well as the ‘work’ which art does in its aftermath. There is a need, however, to foster cross-disciplinary conversation about the methods and approaches undertaken by scholarship in this area. This two-day workshop is a series of events aimed at beginning a dialogue around these issues by PhD Candidates and Early Career Researchers.

Keynote Roundtable:

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox (Artist);  Professor Jon Cattapan (former Australian Official War Artist, Director of the Victorian College of the Arts);  Professor Paul Gough (Artist, Pro-VC and Vice-President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT);  Ryan Johnston (University of Melbourne, former Head of Art, Australian War Memorial).

Other events include a special exhibition of art works from the Keynote speakers and other artists at the VCA; film screening of Until They’re Gone (Dir. C Lockett ) and video Q & A with filmmakers; curatorial talk and session at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and workshop discussion around current works-in-progress.


There are two ways to take part in this workshop:

1. As a presenter; OR

2. As a participant (non-presenting).

We encourage applications from PhD Candidates and Early Career Researchers from any discipline, including (but not limited to): Jurisprudence, Political Science, Art, Film, Art History, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Sociology.

1. Presenters

We invite submissions of papers that explore a methodological area that poses a challenge to the author's research. The workshop will be designed to work collaboratively on thinking through methodological problems and solutions. A limited number of small bursaries are available to contribute to domestic and international travel costs. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

2. Non-presenting participants

We also invite interested scholars to attend as non-presenting participants. Please note that everyone attending is expected to read all papers in advance.

Application Process

To apply to be a presenter:

Please submit:

1. Short bio and details of PhD project / current research project (250-500 words);

2. Abstract of paper to workshop (250-500 words).

NB Full papers (approx. 3000 words) will be required approximately one month before the workshop.


To apply to be a participant (non-presenting):

Please submit:

1. Short bio and details of PhD project / current research project (250-500 words);

2. Short paragraph on your interest in art and conflict and cross-disciplinary work (250 words max.)

There is no cost for the workshop, but the number of presenters and participants is limited.



Due Date: Friday 6 April 2018

To apply and for further information, see our website:



Workshop Directors

Federica Caso (UQ); Shawna Lesseur (UConn); Laura Petersen (Melbourne); Stacey Vorster (UvA/Wits).