Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Military and the Media symposium @ University of Leeds, 2 June 2015

This symposium is organised as part of a British Academy funded project on ‘Representations of contemporary soldiering in digital and visual cultures’ which asks how mediated discourses of ‘war’ and ‘the end of war’ might work to facilitate, complicate or obstruct the wider cultural and political understandings which occur both within the armed forces, and between them, their families and the wider public. The British soldier has become a regular focus of mainstream media attention, but also the producer or co-producer of digital materials disseminated via various media forms and museum displays. Whilst the UK military provides a focus for our own research, we are also interested in the representations of the military and soldiering in other national and international contexts.

We already have a number of fantastic speakers, including:

Neil Jenkings (Newcastle University), on (mis-)representations of ‘friendly fire’ incidents

Adi Kuntsman (Manchester Metropolitan University), co-author of ‘Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age’

Katharine Millar (Oxford University) on the ‘support the troops’ discourse

Debra Ramsey (Glasgow University), on archives of war, memory and self-representation

Nick Robinson (Leeds University), on military games and militarism

Chris Terrill (Uppercut Films) documentary film-maker, including ‘Marine A: Criminal or Casualty of War?’ (BBC)

Sarah Maltby (University of Sussex) and Helen Thornham (Leeds University) from the ‘DUN Project: Defence, Uncertainty and ‘Now Media’: Mapping Social Media in Strategic Communications

The call for papers is now closed and we are delighted to attach the schedule for the day, with 15 fascinating presentations included. See here: Symposium Schedule [PDF]

Any further enquiries should be directed to symposium organisers Katy Parry (k.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk) or Ysabel Gerrard (ed09yg@leeds.ac.uk)

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