Media @ McGill

2012-2013 Media, War & Conflict


Media and Democracy: The Study of the Critical Role of Media in the Development of Democratic Processes 

Read the full description of the 2012-2013 Media@McGill theme.


Public lecture (15 October, 2012, 5:00 p.m., Leacock 232, 845 Sherbrooke West): Peter Oborne , Chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph and author of The Rise of Political Lying (2005) andThe Triumph of the Political Class (2008) will deliver a lecture entitled, The Murdoch Scandal: A Story of Collusion between British Politics and Media.

Panel (28 March, 2013, Leacock 232, 5:00 p.m.): 
Sarah Ellison, journalist and author of War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire (2010) and
Des Freedman, Reader, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, co-author of Misunderstanding the Internet (2012) and author of The Politics of Media Policy (2008). Listen to the audio recording.



How do mass-media and media practices represent war, terrorism and conflict? How do they condition our perception of war and conflict? How do they materialize war? What are the politics, aesthetics and ethics of media practices in relation to war? How are new media today the very sites of war? Media, War and Conflict is interested in the contemporary transformations of media practices about/around/of/on war.

Symposium (2 November, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke West):Conflict(ed) Reporting: War & Photojournalism in the Digital Age: Peter Maass, journalist and author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War (1997) and Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil (2009); Sharon Sliwinski, Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, author of Human Rights in Camera (2011); Donald Matheson, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, co-author ofDigital War Reporting (2009); Thierry Gervais, resident at the Ryerson Image Center, curator and editor of Études PhotographiquesSusan L. Carruthers, Associate Professor, Department of History at Rutgers University in Newark, author of The Media at War (2011); Louie Palu, photojournalist, The New York TimesThe New YorkerTIMEParis MatchNewsweekThe AtlanticThe Washington PastThe EconomistWall Street JournalThe Globe and Mail. The event is part of the “Photojournalism: Then & Now,” two-day symposium co-sponsored by Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum on November 1 & 2.

Beaverbrook Annual Lecture (29 November, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law, 3644 Peel): Peter W. Singer, Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (2008) and co-author of Cybersecurity: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013): “Wired for War: Everything you wanted to know about robots and war, but were afraid to ask”

Conference (6 February, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Leacock 232, 855 Sherbrooke West): The Role of Media in the Arab Spring and its Aftermath: The Special Case of EgyptMarc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science, author of The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, 2012; Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland, co-author of Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace, 2011; and Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-author of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin, 2012 .

Conference (10 and 11 March, 2013): Imaging War, Mediating Conflict: Recent Aesthetic Investigations:

Screening (March 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m., PHI Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre Street): Free public screenings of Let me Count the Ways (2004) by Leslie Thornton, as well as War Tourist (2004-08) and Mirages (2011) by Emanuel Licha, followed by a bilingual Q & A with the artist Emanuel Licha.

Media, War and the State in the Long Eighteenth Century, (March 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Bronfman 151, 1001 Sherbrooke West)Brian Cowan,  Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University, author ofThe Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse, 2005, editor of The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell, 2012; Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Virginia, author of British Art and the Seven Years' War: Allegiance and Autonomy, 2010; and Holger Hoock, J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History, University of Pittsburgh, author of Empires of the Imagination:Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850, 2010Watch the videos

Contemporary Art Interventions (March 11, 2013, 2:00-5:30 p.m. PHI Centre, 407, Saint-Pierre): Rosalyn Deutsche, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, Adjunct Professor at Barnard College, and author of Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War, 2010); T.J. Demos. Lecturer, Department of the History of Art, University College London, author of Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art, 2012 and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis, 2013; Emanuel Licha, Berlin and Paris-based artist; and Martha Rosler, Brooklyn-based artist. Watch the videos

Public Lecture (April 4, 2013, 5:30 p.m., Schulich School of Music, C-201, 555 Sherbrooke West): Suzanne Cusick, Professor of Music, New York University, author of Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power: “Music Torture”. Watch the video.

Conference (April 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m., Arts 160, cosponsored with FQRSC and SSHRC): Soundings from the Painterly Pacific: Angela Vanhaelen, Jeffrey Moser and Cecily Hilsdale, Department of Art History, McGill University; and Chriscinda Henry, Oberlin College 

Media@McGill’s activities are supported by McGill University and most notably by the Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill, created by a generous gift from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.