The Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art
190 York Street
On December 8, 1941, immediately following the declaration of the American entry into World War II, President Roosevelt telegraphed Prime Minister Churchill, “Today all of us are in the same boat with you and the people of the empire and it is a ship which will not and cannot be sunk.” Held on the seventieth anniversary of V-E Day, this conference will investigate the textured relationship between wartime visual cultures of America and Britain, considering the cultural origins of the postwar political and economic bond which would come to be called the “special relationship,” and explore the various political and social pressures that shaped image-making in the two countries. This conference will focus on the visual cultural exchange between the two countries, identifying parallels between the way images and culture were politically mobilized and influenced by the social impacts of war itself.
The keynote speakers for the conference are David Alan Mellor, University of Sussex, and Cécile Whiting, University of California at Irvine.
To register and view the complete schedule, please visit www.inthesameboatconference.org.
This conference is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. It is also generously sponsored by the Yale University Department of the History of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.