21 June 2012 at the University of Reading

This one-day symposium seeks to bring together scholars and researchers working in a range of disciplines to debate the figure of the insurgent.

In a post-9/11, post 7/7, post-Iraq and -Afghanistan world, the concept of the ‘insurgent’ has become highly politicized. Deployed repeatedly in British and US political and media discourse in relation to questions of national security, the ‘War on Terror’, and regime stabilization, the concept has often mutated to serve the needs of those who use it.

The symposium will invite reflection on the following key questions:

  • What is the relationship between the realities of contemporary insurgency, and the myths and fictions elaborated by politicians, media commentators, and other groups?
  • How is the figure of the insurgent constructed in fictional and documentary contexts – in literature, film, art, television, news reporting?
  • What impulses underlie these multiplying and frequently in some way ‘fictionalised’ constructions of insurgency?

We are delighted to welcome as our keynote speakers Professor Martin Barker (author of A ‘Toxic Genre’: The Iraq War Films) and Dr David Holloway (author of 9/11 and the War on Terror).

Registration is free and we welcome scholars and postgraduate researchers from any discipline who have an interest in the symposium’s subject.

Please register for the event by emailing your name and institutional affiliation to symposium organiser Dr Lisa Purse at l.v.purse@reading.ac.uk

This event is supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Minority Identities: Rights and Representation Research Theme and is hosted by the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading.

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