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The Making of the Modern World: War

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps’ exhibited 1812
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps exhibited 1812. Tate

Join us for a discussion exploring the history of conflict and art

Tate Britain’s exhibition Turner’s Modern World reveals how J.M.W. Turner painted conflicts from the classical era through to the Napoleonic Wars. This online panel discussion brings together perspectives from art, history and sociology to explore how experiences of war continue to shape our understanding of the modern world.

  • How has the modern world been defined by war?
  • How do conflicts such as the Battle of Trafalgar or the Siege of Seringapatam continue to resonate in British culture and beyond?
  • What role have artists played in shaping our impressions of war?

Considering these questions will be historian Margaret MacMillan and theorist Gurminder Bhambra. The discussion will be chaired by Amy Concannon, curator of Turner’s Modern World.

There will also be a chance for audience members to ask questions and contribute to the conversation.


Gurminder Bhambra

Gurminder Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. She is the author of Connected Sociologies (2014) and the award-winning Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (2007).

Amy Concannon

Amy Concannon is Curator of British Art (1790–1850) at Tate Britain

Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan is Professor of History at the University of Toronto and emeritus Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. Her latest book is War: How Conflict Shaped Us (2020).

Online Event

This talk will take place over Zoom. Zoom ID and password will be sent by email before the event begins along with instructions for connecting.

Date & Time

23 November 2020 at 19.00–20.15

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