Life and War Writing, Off and Online

This project considers how digital platforms are (and are not) changing the way authors writing about war construct and disseminate their work – and how they use with the vast amount of cultural material that informs and shapes it. For example, one project strand – focusing on the Iraq war and occupation from 2003 to the present – examines the interactions between soldiers, civilians and institutions, and how war blogs are changing the ways in which conflicts are narrated. It considers how “citizen journalists” were read and presented by established media organisations; what motivated some of the more influential bloggers to engage in life-writing in this particular format; how the US military has reacted to milbloggers taking into account long-running debates war and censorship; successes and failures to communicate across cultures – civilian, military and institutional; and finally how mediated content calls into question assumptions about “authentic” war writing.

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Alisa holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an MA from the London School of Economics and a BA... read more about: Alisa Miller