A special issue of the Journal of Communication, Politics and Culture and an exhibition of photos of war have been launched to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War 1.
The RMIT Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture has marked the 100 years since the beginning of the World War 1 with a special issue of the Journal of Communication, Politics and Culture on The Politics of Remembering Violence edited by Associate Professor Chris Hudson and Dr Antonio Castillo from the School of Media and Communication.
Hudson, co-director of the Centre said global commemorations for the centenary of World War 1 have brought the politics of remembering violence, war, and collective trauma into sharp focus.
“Collective memories are affected by, amongst other factors, political imperatives, private interests, historical contexts and discursive constraints. The past may be reconstructed, manipulated and selectively exploited for political ends” said Hudson.
The issue features articles as diverse as war dead and the national imaginary in Timor Leste, the stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s book ‘The Secret River’ about the Frontier Wars between settlers and indigenous Australians, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, and the genocide of Arameans, Assyrians and Chaldeans in Turkey in 1915.
The special issue was launched on 10 September by Adjunct Professor Morry Schwartz. Accompanying the launch of the issue is an exhibition of photographs of war by Bronek Kozka from the School of Art. The exhibition will run until 30 September in the Long Room, Level 10, Design Hub.
Photo, left to right:
Bronek Kozka (photographer); Ekaterina Tokareva (School of Media and Communication); Professor Linda Brennan (General Editor, Journal of Communication, Politics and Culture, School of Media and Communication) Dr Hariz Halilovich (Principle Research Fellow and author of article; Global, Urban and Social Studies), Associate Professor Chris Hudson, Co-Director Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture and editor of special issue), Damian Grenfell (author of article; Global, Urban and Social Studies), Dr Peter Phipps (author of article; Global, Urban and Social Studies), Professor Denise Varney (author of article, University of Melbourne), Adjunct Professor Morry Schwartz (School of Media and Communication, Dr Antonio Castillo (School of Media and Communication and editor of special issue).