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      The Content of the Form: Interventions into the Representation of War

      The Comparative Literature Program is organizing a one-day war symposium featuring the following six artists, writers, and scholars, Franscesc Torres and Carlos Ramos; Nebojša Šerić Shoba and Una Tanović; Roy Scranton and Tyler Boudreau. The conversation will address how different representations of war, written and visual, fictional and non-fictional, contribute to our knowledge and perceptions of particular conflicts. Featuring three panels on three different war zones: the Spanish Civil War, the recent war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The symposium will end with a roundtable moderated by James Young. About our speakers:

      Francesc Torres, artist and photographer perhaps best known for his sculptural, multi-media installations. Torres explores themes of war and violence, often commenting on tensions and power relations in politically charged spaces through his art. Torres' media and photography projects have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in various eminent museums around the world.

      Carlo Ramos, professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. His teaching and research is focused on 19th,20th and 21st century Spanish peninsular literature and cultural history, with a recent project on the recovery of never-before-seen photographs of the Spanish Civil War. Ramos has published articles in Spain, Mexico and the U.S. on urban literature, Spanish poetry and Catalan narrative.

      Nebojša Šerić Shoba, the Sarajevo born artist, Shoba studied at the School of Applied Arts and Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts before moving to Amsterdam and New York. Shoba's work has been exhibited in museums and art spaces worldwide.

      Una Tanovic, currently a graduate student in the Comparative Literature program at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tanovic is orginally from Sarajevo where she received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Sarajevo. While spending a year at Smith College, majoring in American Studies, she served as a conversation partner for undergraduates studying Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian

      Roy Scranton, graduate student at Princeton University. His interests include the literature and cultures of war, 20th-century American literature, and the rhetoric and practice of experimental literature. Scranton's scholarship and essays have been published or are forthcoming in various publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Review, among others.

      Tyler Boudreau, a 12-year veteran of the Marine Corps infantry served in the Iraq War in 2004. He is author of the book Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine and his writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. He is a graduate student in the Communication Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

      Co-sponsers include The College of Humanities and Fine Arts,the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Culture, the English Department, and the Program in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as its Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Translation Center, the University Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Massachusetts Review.

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