War art and the formation of community

Journal article

Partis-Jennings, H. and Redwood, H. (2021). War art and the formation of community. Critical Studies on Security. https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2021.1875711
AuthorsPartis-Jennings, H. and Redwood, H.

This article examines the relationship between war art and community formation. Building on Hutchison (2016), Callahan (2020), Edkins (2003) and others, we are concerned with how the subject position of the war artist, and their traumatic encounter with war, might disrupt understandings of community that underpin liberal war making. Focusing on Mark Neville’s Battle Against Stigma, we show that making visible the embedded constraint and complicity and the traumatic experiences of the war artist can constitute a form of imminent critique; both rendering intelligible and destabilising the martial gaze and liberal military meaning making. This offers contributions to IR by interrogating the processes through which war visuals both make and unmake communities in relation to war trauma.

KeywordsWar; Art; Photography; Community; Affect; Trauma; Afghanistan; Imperialism; Resistance
JournalCritical Studies on Security
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2021.1875711
Publication dates
Print29 Jan 2021
Online26 Jan 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted15 Dec 2020
Deposited19 Feb 2021
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Security on 26 January 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21624887.2021.1875711

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