Talks around 'Culture and Conflict' highlight the WWI focus of Edinburgh International Festival 2014
- David Pollock
- 10 August 2014
This article is from 2014
Topics include women's roles in wartime, soft power, pacifism and anti-war activism
It may have come in for some knocks last year when it was announced that 2014’s Edinburgh International Festival wouldn’t be touching upon certain timely political subjects, but in the ancillary programme which accompanies the high-end performance works, reflection upon the impact of World War I – an overriding theme of many of this year’s shows – hasn’t shied away from the contemporary.
There are too many individual discussions to go into detail, but perhaps a rough ‘historical’ chronology might help put things into perspective. With The War That Ended Peace (9 Aug), Professor Margaret McMillan reflects upon the beginning of the war and of its impact upon Europe, while in First World War: Re-thinking the Centenary (9 Aug) Professor John Horne asks how our continued commemoration might be carried out. In The Peace to End Peace (27 Aug), the geo-political fallout of 1914–1918 is also explored.
Broader topics also appear, including the idea of pacifism in Objecting to War (12 Aug), Scotland’s tradition of anti-war activism in From Red Clydeside to Radical Scotland (18 Aug), collateral damage in Killing Civilians (26 Aug) and the role of women in 20th century conflicts in Women in the Killing Fields: Femininity and War (19 Aug). Amid a wealth of other intriguing topics, Emmanuel Jal joins Brett Bailey and Dr. Tarak Barkawi to discuss how was destroys truths and lives in War, Atrocities and the Truth (20 Aug) and the relationship between art and international politics relative to Scotland is also examined in Scotland in the Soft Power Era (28 Aug).
The Hub, 9–28 Aug (not 15–17, 23–25), times vary, each event £6.