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Title of the Conference: Visualizing War: The Power of Emotions in Politics
Location: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Time of the Conference: 20.11.14 – 21.11.14
Deadline for Submission of Abstract: 1.9.2014
Organizers: Kathrin Maurer (Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Southern Denmark) and Anders Engberg-Pedersen (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Southern Denmark)

The Topic of the Conference: The role of images of war and emotions in shaping political debates

Images of war are omnipresent in our daily lives. Online newspapers, internet TV, and round o’clock news channels provide us with pictures of war victims, military interventions, and battle fields. Even though the sheer quantity of these images threatens to make us numb and oblivious, there are still some pictures that seem to stick with us. Think about the images of the dead children allegedly poisoned gassed by Syria’s regime, the image of the burnt girl during the Vietnam War, or the atomic mushroom cloud of the Hiroshima bombing. These images evoke strong emotions in the viewer, and they seem to be inerasable from our collective consciousness.

At the conference “Visualizing War: The Power of Emotions in Politics” we would like to investigate the following questions: How do images of war engender emotions, and how do these emotions impact the practices of government and policy making? Why do some images of war speak to us whereas others are quickly forgotten? How do images represent war in comparison to narrative and verbal media? In order to find answers to these questions, the participants of the conference will analyze images of war from Antiquity to today. Not only the digital media, but also already medieval historical tapestry, historical atlases, photography of the nineteenth- and twentieth century, as well as film and literature prove that images have played a crucial role in representing war throughout history. In order to assess the emotional impact of images, the conference will enable a meeting point between the humanities and the social sciences. This encounter should contribute to a closer understanding of war images as well as shed light on the psychological dimension of governmental decisions and opinion formation. Given the omnipresence of visual representations of war in our global age, the investigation of the “emotional” power of these images in national and global politics is of great urgency.

The Aim of the Conference:

The conference would provide an international forum, where scholars from the global academic community are able to exchange current research trends on the representation of war. The aim is to develop innovative scholarly approaches and knowledge about the relationship between images of war and government. In order to investigate how images of war work, how they impact the viewer, and how the visual eventually is translated into verbal expressions in terms of policy deliberations, a vital dialogue between the social sciences (political theory, international politics, psychology) and the field of the humanities (visual studies, literature, media studies) is imperative.

For a more in-depth description of the conference topic, please see our website:

We invite original papers that could be related to fields as such:

• theories about war images and visual culture
• language of war images and how do they affect the viewer
• relationship between images of war, emotions, and governance
• image and security
• media of war images (literature, film, photography)
• emotions and governance
• representation of war and gender
• theories of emotions
• discussion of justice

Please submit a short description of your intended paper and a short CV to Kathrin Maurer ( Submission deadline: 1.9.2014
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Kathrin Maurer 
Funktion: Organizer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Southern Denmark 
Strasse/Postfach: Campusvej 55 
Postleitzahl: 5230 
Stadt: Odense 
Telefon: 0045 6550 3335 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.03.00 Germanistik; 11.00.00 17. Jahrhundert; 11.00.00 17. Jahrhundert > 11.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 13.00.00 Goethezeit; 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 14.00.00 Romantik; 14.00.00 Romantik > 14.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914); 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989); 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990 > 18.10.03 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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