Conflicting Views: Visual Culture, Conflict and Northern Ireland

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Conflicting Views: Visual Culture, Conflict and Northern Ireland
Venue: Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
Dates: June 10th – 12th 2010.

The School of Creative Arts and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a three day conference on Visual Culture, Conflict and Northern Ireland in June 2010.

During the last decade of the 'peace process', the visual arts have been identified within official policy as playing a crucial role in peace-building across communities and the official 'public' spaces of post-conflict Northern Ireland. While the merits of such policy in particular, and the realities of the designation 'post-conflict' in general have been open to much debate, the role of visual culture in areas such as cultural memory, ethics, human rights and political activism have generated a range of responses from scholars, photographers, visual arts practitioners, curators and community based activists working through a range of disciplines. While the organizers are interested in papers exploring these debates papers examining any aspect of the visual culture of conflict in Northern Ireland are also particularly welcome.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute presentations on themes broadly related the representation of conflict and Northern Ireland from scholars and practitioners working across the arts, humanities and the social sciences. The range of topics and disciplinary approaches are open and the organizers particularly welcome proposals from visual arts practitioners working across community based projects, activism, ethics, justice and civil rights. Topics relating to conflict in Northern Ireland may include but are not limited to;

• Histories of the visual representation of conflict
• Political Economies of the distribution of conflict imagery nationally and internationally
• The impact of visual imagery on popular consciousness
• Frameworks of the legal use of imagery in public enquiries
• The role of the visual in practices of cultural memory and commemoration
• Screen cultures
• Post-conflict visual cultures
• Currating Conflict and Exhibitionary practices
• Documenting Civil and Human Rights
• Televisual Drama
• The role of the visual in NGO's and community based activism

Proposals of no more than 500 words with a short Bio should be sent to Dr. Justin Carville at; by January 31st 2010.

Conference organizers intend to produce an edited volume on the conference theme and request that participants indicate if they wish their papers to be considered for publication.

Confirmed speakers include;
Professor Paul Seawright (University of Ulster), publications include, Inside Information, Photographers Gallery; Hidden, Imperial War Museum; Field Notes, Foto Museum Antwerp; Invisible Cities, FfotoGallery.

Anthony Haughey (DIT), publications include Disputed Territory; The Edge of Europe.

Donovan Wylie (Magnum Photographer) publications include, The Maze, Granta; British Watchtowers, Steidl.

Graham Dawson (University of Brighton), author Making Peace With the Past?: Memory, Trauma and the Irish Troubles, Manchester University Press.

Fionna Barber (Manchester Metropolitan University) guest editor of Visual Culture in Britain special issue 'After the War: Visual Culture in Northern Ireland Since the Ceasefires' and curator of Archiving Place and Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland Since the Ceasefire.

Tom Herron (Leeds Metropolitan University) & John Lynch (University of Birmingham), authors of After Bloody Sunday: Representation, Ethics, Justice, Cork University Press.

Frankie Quinn (Photographer, Belfast), Publications include, Interface Images.

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