The Art of War: Imagery, Ideology, Impact

Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Rhode Island Hall, Brown University, 60 George Street, Providence, RI

Warfare and art are two ways in which cultures engage with and shape their worlds. Both are deeply concerned with ideology. They are not amenable to straightforward linear explanations of their development and use, however tempting such an approach might be. Warfare and art are also often deeply entangled, with images of battle, of weapons, of domination, made and disseminated in a range of places and contexts and for a range of purposes.

The Art of War conference seeks to understand the variety of relationships between war and imagery by bringing together scholars working on images of warfare from many different cultures and periods. Our approach is interdisciplinary, examining not only art but also historical and archaeological records. Using this comparative structure, we hope to generate questions that will allow participants from disparate fields to approach their material with new ideas, and to plumb the range of possible social understandings of both warfare and art.

Free and open to the public.  No pre-registration required.
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For questions, contact the Joukowsky Institute at [email protected] or (401) 863-3188.