War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict – Book Launch

Event Date: 8 November 2017 Room B01 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London Torrington Sq London WC1E 7JL  The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents: War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict – Book Launch Introduced by the editor, eminent war historian Professor Joanna Bourke, and with short talks from some of the contributing authors, including Monica …

Mike Spagat – War Deaths: Knowledge, Pretense and Progress

During the summer of 2014 headlines proclaimed more than 191,000 violent deaths in Syria and 2,100 in Gaza. Where do these numbers come from? Are they accurate? What do they mean? Over the last decade estimates of “excess deaths” in the Iraq war started at 100,000 and rose quickly to 655,000 before falling back to half a million five years later. Yet even these huge numbers pale in comparison to 5.4 million estimated excess deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the “deadliest conflict since World War II”. What are excess deaths? Are such numbers credible? A display stands in Srebrenica containing the names of 8,372 massacre victims. What is the meaning of this form of memorialization and where might it lead?

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts: Film, Testimony, and the Vietnam War

  Event Date: 3 April 2014 Birkbeck Cinema 43 Gordon Sq Birkbeck, University of London London WC1H 0PD The Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) research group and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts: Film, Testimony, and the Vietnam War Joanna Bourke in conversation with Kendrick Oliver about filmic testimony about rape during the war …