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Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) Conference: Media, War and Memory

Media, War and Memory. Conference, September 18–19 2014, AUT University, Auckland.

A century after 1914, it is timely to consider how the First World War was started, prosecuted and reported on, from different national perspectives. How does this conflict appear in retrospect? As a prequel to World War II? The ‘beginning’ of the 20th century? Or as an avoidable, stand-alone catastrophe?
These questions provoke wider reflection upon the connections between media, war and memory. What are these connections? And, how have they changed over time? Conference participants will, we hope, respond to these questions.
To this end, the following themes suggest themselves.

The First World War  
Paths to war, patterns of news coverage • Diplomacy, communication and the telegraph • Atrocities and propaganda • Frontline testimonials, journalism, poetry • Domestic dissent

Australia and NZ coverage of ‘overseas’ conflicts
Boer War, WWI, WWII • Cold war conflicts; Malaysia, Vietnam, Timor, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. • ANZAC mythologies • Wartime censorship • War, mobilization and dissent

Race, culture, genocide
Imperialism, colonialism, indigineity • Jewish holocaust • Armenian massacres • Testimonies, amnesia

War, propaganda, ideology
Chomsky, Herman and the ‘propaganda’ model • News ‘framing’ and war coverage • Orientalism and colonial wars • War and national identity • Memorialism; ceremonies, monuments, museums • Forgotten wars

Gender and depictions of war
Masculinity, heroism • War and patriarchy • War, rape, testimony • Women war journalists • Women combatants

Frontline war reporting
War correspondents • ‘Embedded’ journalists • Journalistic ethics • Patriotism and ‘independent’ reporting

Journalism, media, civil conflict
Spanish civil war • Sri Lanka • Balkans, Bosnia, Serbia • US civil war • Occupation, resistance, testimony

Information-communication technologies and war
Global television, 24/7 ‘real time’ wars • War and media spectacle • Media space, battle space, ‘full spectrum dominance’ • Information and cyber warfare • Online journalism, blogospheres, social media

War, historiography and revisionism
War novels • Non-fiction tomes, wars, battles • Military biographies • Documentaries • Conflicting retrospectives of major conflicts

Media constructions of ‘terrorism’
Legitimate vs. illegitimate violence • Terrorists, revolutionaries, freedom fighters • Post 9-11 media discourses in US, Middle East • Terrorism and orientalism

Conference details

Keynote Speakers
Andrew Hoskins, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Fay Anderson, Monash Unviersity, Melbourne, Australia

Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Abstracts due
June 30, 2014 (400 words maximum)
Send to: [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]

Conference registration
NZD $270
Earlybird (before July 31, 204): NZD $230
Postgraduates: NZD $180

This activity is being worked on from
January 2014
19 September 2014
Date added: 13 January 2014 | Last updated: 13 November 2014