19-21 July


Free event

Hosted by the IWM Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict and the Cardiff University AHRC funded project ‘Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters 1800-2020’ (@EnemyEncounters), this event will explore views of enmity and allegiance in modern warfare. The conference focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries but also incorporates papers relating to the nineteenth century which look forward to that era. Papers will feature a broad, interdisciplinary range of approaches to experiences and representations of the enemy, with a particular focus on how the ‘other’ side is presented in museums, in first person writings, journalism, literature, art, performance, film and photography. 

This three-day event will be primarily of interest to academic audiences, though all are welcome to attend.

Organised by: Professor Holly Furneaux and Dr Matilda Greig, Cardiff University, and the IWM Institute.

See the Programme and the Extended Programme for more information. 


The IWM Institute is Imperial War Museums' innovation hub, experimenting with creative new ways of deepening understanding of war and conflict. It facilitates projects based on our extensive collections that inspire our staff to embrace new approaches to how we curate and present the history of conflict.

 'Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters 1800-2020 ' is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, grant ref: AH/T013559/1 


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