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First Editions - New Books Seminar - Dr Alan Ingram, University College London Seminar

13 November 2019
University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art Campus, Lecture Theatre B

Event details

The Music department is delighted to welcome Alan Ingram (UCL) for our second ‘First Editions - New Books Seminar’ of 2019-2020.

Alan Ingram's book cover

Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain’s Iraq War Through Art (RGS-IBG Series, Wiley, 2019)

Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain's Iraq War Through Art offers a reappraisal of one of the most contentious and consequential events of the early twenty-first century. Drawing on an analysis of dozens of artworks and exhibitions as well as interdisciplinary literatures and debates concerning the anthropocene, decolonial theory and feminist geopolitics, the book advances an original perspective on Britain's role in the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq and maps out new ways of thinking about geopolitics through art. Examining the work of artists, curators and activists in light of Britain's role as colonial power and key player in the international oil system, the book highlights the diverse ways in which the war has been appropriated creatively, while reflecting on the significance, limits and dilemmas of art as a form of critical intervention. In this talk, Dr Ingram will outline the main arguments of the book concerning the importance of approaching Britain’s 2003 Iraq war through art, the genealogical relations between art and geopolitics, and the multiplicity of geopolitical events.


All are welcome to attend – you do not need to book tickets or register for the event.

Before this event, at 2pm on Wednesday 13 November 2019, Dr Alan Ingram will be running a workshop for students to explore genealogies of montage and the place of juxtaposition in critical art strategies. All students are welcome.


For more information regarding these events, please email Dr Matthew Shlomowitz at or Dr Hettie Malcomson at

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