Following the instructions of the Dutch government concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference The Stage of War has been cancelled. 



Registration/coffee & tea



Maria Grever (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - Opening and introduction
Stefan Berger (Ruhr Universität Bochum) - Displaying war memories


BREAK coffee/tea




Three parallel paper sessions A, B, C

  • A: Conflict and Atrocity Tourism
    Chair: Siri Driessen
    • Jeroen Nawijn (Breda University of Applied Sciences) - Concentration Camp Memorial Visitors’ Emotions and Meaning-making
    • Oscar Ekkelboom and Kirsten van Kempen (Free University Amsterdam) - Monumentalizing Atrocity Sites: Constructing World War II Heritage in the Netherlands
    • Emily Mannheimer (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - Telling the Troubles: Authorizing conflict heritage through guided tours
  • B: Politics of Memory in Popular Media
    Chair: Susan Hogervorst
    • Yvonne Delhey (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) - Hitler Goes Pop: Reflections on Media Representations in Popular Culture
    • Jonathan Rayner (University of Sheffield) - Relaunching Carrier Ibuki: commercialization, commemoration and controversy in popular East Asian representations of War
    • Franziska Englert (University of Cologne) - “Not to be continued…” Representations of the Colombian armed conflict in “reconciliation telenovelas”
  • C: War and Conflict in Film
    Chair: Kees Ribbens
    • Nicholas Johnson (University of Münster) - Screening the Wannsee Conference: HBO’s Conspiracy and Depicting Holocaust Perpetrators on Film
    • Daniel Binns (RMIT University, Australia) - Out of Time: The Hurt Locker and attending to temporality
    • Edward Liddiard (New Amsterdam Film Company) - The film ‘The East’ – a contribution to a better understanding of a bloody chapter in recent Dutch (and Indonesian) history




How theatre and TV productions stage modern war violence

Public interview with Robin de Levita, co-producer of the musical Soldier of Orange, by Laurie Slegtenhorst


75 Years after the liberation: reflections on popular culture and WW II

Round table discussion with Ian Donald, Sebastiaan Vonk and Eva Hilhorst moderated by Susan Hogervorst and Stijn Reijnders





Departure to the city center of Rotterdam

Professional guided city walks in Rotterdam (4 guided tours)


Drinks and dinner in Hotel New York Rotterdam

FRIDAY 27 March


Coffee & tea


Alison Landsberg, Towards a Radical Practice of Anachronism: Memory and Dissensus in Post-Postracial America
Siri Driessen, Response and moderator of discussion

BREAK coffee /tea


Four parallel paper sessions D, E, F, G

  • D: Mediated Testimonies
    Chair: Franciska de Jong
    • Gert-Jan van Rijn (Museon) - Personal stories and interactivity in exhibitions on WW2
    • Susan Hogervorst (Open University / EUR) - ‘Eyes that have seen it’. Online WW2 testimony portals and the quest for authenticity
    • Richard Vargas (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) - Authenticity strategies to represent and memorialize the Colombian armed conflict through the contemporary graphic novels: La Palizua and Sin Mascar Palabra
  • E: Visual Media Representations
    Chair: Laurie Slegtenhorst
    • Oliver Graney (Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne) - Staged, fictitious battle photography
    • Giuseppe Previtali (University of Bergamo) - Re-claiming the Frame: A Visual Approach to IS’ Media Production
    • Marcel Bahnen (ImageworX) - Visualising WW2. An uphill battle
  • F: Musealising War
    Chair: Stijn Reijnders
    • Falk Pingel (Georg Eckert Institute) - Exhibiting War to Understand Peace – new challenges for war-related museums
    • Wannes Devos (War Heritage Institute Brussels/ Ghent University) - On the edge of history. Limitations and challenges of representing war in a national military museum
    • Elżbieta Olzacka (Jagiellonian University) - Challenges of the Visual Representation of Violence in Wartime Society
  • G: Online Cultural Memory
    Chair: Jeroen Jansz
    • Sacha van Leeuwen (University of Glasgow) -Fallen Soldiers on Facebook: Online war commemoration in the UK
    • Josephine Honke (University of Konstanz) - “German victims“ online: YouTube-videos of Allied air raids on German cities
    • Robbert-Jan Adriaansen (EUR) - Picturing Auschwitz. Multimodality and the attribution of historical significance on Instagram



Eric Holmes and Drikus Kuiper, The production of war video games
Pieter van den Heede, Response and moderator of discussion

BREAK coffee/tea


Three parallel paper sessions H, I, J, and a master class

  • H: Immersive Histories
    Chair: Robbert-Jan Adriaansen
    • Floor van Alphen (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) - Comprehending the “Reconquista” through bodily understanding and multiple perspectives
    • Nimrod Tal (Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv ) - This Must be a Mistake: British Re-enactment of the American Civil War as an Act of Temporal Self-Positioning
    • Tamika Glouftsis (University of Adelaide) - Too Much Immersion? Immediacy, Empathy, and Critical Thinking in War Games
    • Rūta Kazlauskaitė (University of Helsinki) - Contested Pasts and Multiperspectivity in Immersive Virtual Reality History Education
  • I: Ludic Engagements with Large-scale Conflicts
    Chair: Pieter van den Heede
    • Ylva Grufstedt (University of Helsinki) - Counterfactual history in digital strategy games: On how and why game designers draw outside the lines in Hearts of Iron IV
    • Alexane Couturier (Université du Québec à Montréal) - The Art of War : Beyond Photorealism and the Figure of the Hero-Soldier to Represent the Great War in Video Games
    • Giulia Conti (University of Parma and at the University of Urbino) & Federico Montanari (University of Modena-Reggio Emilia) - Playing War: The Connection between War Videogames and the Civilian Experience
    • Mykola Makhortykh (University of Bern) & Anna Menyhért (University of Jewish Studies in Budapest) - Aesthetics of historical trauma and WWI computer games: Narrating and perceiving mass violence via a new historical form
  • J: War and Education
    Chair: Susan Hogervorst
    • Pieter de Bruijn (Open University) - Panels on war: immediacy and agency in educational graphic novels
    • Lennert Savenije (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) - An Educational Escape? WW2 Escape Rooms: the Nijmegen Example
    • Laurike In’t Veld (EUR) - Between Education and Entertainment? Making the Armenian Genocide Visible in the Graphic Novel Operation Nemesis
    • Jeroen Willemsen (Open University) - An Awkward Recollection: The present-day educational representation of Srebrenica in the Netherlands
  • Master class Alison Landsberg - Representing the Past: Memory, Aesthetics, Politics
    Chairs: Siri Driessen and Maria Grever
    • attendance reserved for PhD students of the Huizinga Research School


Kees Ribbens, Closure of the conference



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