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Afterwards: Legacies of War - inaugural lecture from Professor Graham Dawson

Published 10 September 2013

Event 27 November 2013

War and conflict cast shadows, create residues and bequeath legacies long after the violence has ended. In the time afterwards, 'post-war' and 'post-conflict' cultures grapple with what is past but still present, through work of remembering and forgetting, making sense and keeping silence, reconstruction and destruction. For such cultures, 'dealing with the past' involves the representation of memory and its political contestation on the basis of present-day interests and desires, often oriented towards imagined futures.

Focusing on Ireland and Britain, South Africa and Palestine/Israel, this lecture analyses some key dimensions and dynamics of cultures in post-war and post-conflict times. It reflects on the history of Professor Dawson's engagement with these issues as a researcher, and explores ways in which his research questions and approaches have been, in part, responses to his own and his family's historical experience of war and conflict in Britain during the 20th and 21st centuries.

The value of Historical Cultural Studies, he will argue, lies precisely in its capacity to illuminate through scholarship the textures of memory, meaning and affect within lived cultures, experience and politics.

Professor Graham Dawson inaugural lecture

Afterwards: Legacies of War in Culture, Memory and Experience

Graham Dawson
Professor of Historical Cultural Studies

Wednesday 27 November 2013 at 6.30pm

Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton BN2 0JP

All welcome. Light refreshments available after the lecture.
This is a free event although booking is essential.

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