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Unravelling the threads of war and conflict: introduction


Lydia C. Cole ,

University of York, GB
About Lydia
Lydia is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York. Her most recent research has engaged with arts and global politics, with a focus on grassroots arts for change in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2019, she was Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where she commissioned and co-curated Threads, war and conflict, as well as coordinated its associated events programme. The exhibition featured arpilleras and textile banners from the Conflict Textiles collection.
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Laura Mills

University of St Andrews, GB
About Laura

Laura Mills is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She was a member of the Threads, war and conflict curatorial team, including staff co-lead of the Master’s student workshops resulting in a collective textile for the Conflict Textiles collection. Her research explores how everyday life and culture are co-constitutive of global politics through examinations of cultural diplomacy, war, militarism, security, aesthetics and creative methods. Her first monograph, Post-9/11 US cultural diplomacy: the impossibility of cosmopolitanism, is forthcoming with Routledge New International Relations Series.

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This article introduces the Special Issue 'Unravelling the threads of war and conflict'. We offer a careful curation of three threads of conversation generated from the exhibition Threads, war and conflict and its associated programme: 'Reflections on curating, exhibiting and making'; 'Layers of war and conflict: sightings and soundings'; and 'Conversations and collaborations, stories and solidarities'. Beginning from the context of the exhibition, the threads of conversation unravel (across) a variety of intricate sites and intimate experiences of war and conflict.
How to Cite: Cole, L.C. and Mills, L., 2022. Unravelling the threads of war and conflict: introduction. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 3(1), p.6. DOI:
Published on 05 Jan 2022.
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