The Writer as Psychological Warrior (Open conference, 12-16 July)

What role did writers play in the propaganda campaigns of the Great War, World War Two, the Cold War, and beyond? Join an incredible range of speakers and papers at this free conference organised by the Political Warfare Executive project team.

The conference from 12-16th July 2021 will feature papers by leading scholars in the fields of literature and history on the following seven areas of study:

  • Evolving propaganda campaigns
  • The BBC, conflict, and propaganda
  • British cultural propaganda in the post-war era
  • The Cultural Cold War
  • The Ministry of Information
  • Wartime transnational encounters
  • Propaganda and literary style

We hope you will find these presentations and discussions enjoyable and stimulating. We are also delighted to announce three special events taking place across the week – a conversation between Peter Pomerantsev, author of This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality (2019), and propaganda historian Jo Fox; a discussion with Sir David Hare, writer and director of the 1978 BBC TV film Licking Hitler; and ‘Postcards from the Besieged City of Leningrad’ a presentation by Julie Reines Chervinsky and Polina Barskova of archival materials from the Blavatnik Archive. 

The online conference will take place on Zoom Webinar – you will need to register separately for each day of the conference using the links provided in the programme. 

If you have any queries about the conference please do not hesitate to get in touch

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