Drawing Wars: Art and Cultural Memory

drawing wars

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop considering the artistic and visual representation of war 

This event features a keynote conversation with the world-famous graphic novelist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, Footnotes in Gaza, Journalism), as well as talks by the Yemeni street artist Murad Subay, Bram Ttwheam, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Steve Dixon, Johnny Magee and Tony Crowley.

The interdisciplinary seminar series ‘Cultures and Commemorations of War’ brings together early career researchers and advanced scholars with practitioners, policy makers, charities, and representatives from the media and culture and heritage industries, to consider the practices and politics of war memory across time.

Funded by the RAI and Corpus Christi College

Free and open to all, including lunch, coffee and a wine reception - pleae register in advance

To register for the full day workshop, please click here

To register ONLY for the talk by Joe Sacco, please click here

Optional donations on the door in aid of the White Helmets and the British Red Cross Yemen Crisis Appeal (£5 suggested, but anything welcome)

Organised by Dr. Alice Kelly (alice.kelly@rai.ox.ac.uk)



10.30: Registration (Coffee and Pastries)

11.00-13.00: Brief Introduction – Dr. Alice Kelly

Remembering through Art (Chair: Dr. Chris Kempshall)

Bram Ttwheam (Aardman Animations) – The Art of 11-11: Memories Retold

Monica Bohm-Duchen (Birkbeck) – ‘After Auschwitz’: Art and the Holocaust

Prof. Steve Dixon and Dr. Johnny Magee (Manchester School of Art) – Refugee Tales: Viewing the Belgian refugee crisis of WW1 through the lens of contemporary experience

Includes a short film showing: Unbreakable (2019)


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


14.00 - 15.30: War Street Art (Chair: Hanna Smyth)

Murad Subay – The role of street art in advocating community issues in times of crisis and conflict

Prof. Tony Crowley (Leeds) – Photographing Murals of the Irish Troubles [Title TBC]


15.30 – 16.00: Coffee


16.00-17.30: Keynote: Joe Sacco, in conversation with Alice Kelly and the audience

17.30-18.30: Wine Reception