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Atrocity Photography & War: A Symposium, Monash Prato Centre June 2010

Monash Prato Centre, Tuscany, Italy

15-16 June 2010

This symposium will explore how photographic images of atrocities relate to the development of ideas about human rights, how they influence the memory of particular wars, and the ways they shape perceptions of conflict - both at the time and later. It also encourages critical and historical engagement with the actual concept of 'atrocity', the ways this has changed across time, and the relationship of photography to its articulation and use. Atrocity is a concept most frequently linked with war, but there are important connections with colonialism and its critics yet to be explored.

Questions to be explored at the symposium include:

Keynote Speaker: Professor Joanna Bourke, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London

Please note there will be a welcome cocktail reception, beginning at 6 p.m. on the evening of Monday 14 June, 2010 at the Monash Prato Centre.

Conference Venue

The symposium will be held at Monash University's Prato Centre in Italy. For further information about the Centre, accommodation options and getting to Prato, please visit the Prato website at:


The Programme is now available to be downloaded here [785kb]