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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelVisualizing War: The Power of Emotions in Politics
BeschreibungVisualizing War: The Power of Emotions in Politics
An international and interdisciplinary conference on the role of images of war in shaping political debates

University of Southern Denmark

Organizers: Kathrin Maurer (Associate Professor German Studies) and Anders Engberg-Pedersen (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature)

W.J.T. Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
Jan Mieszkowski, Professor of German and Humanities, Reed College
Lene Hansen, Professor of Political Science, Copenhagen University
Sten Rynning, Professor of International Relations and Leader of the Center of War Studies, University of Southern Denmark
Christine Kanz, Professor of German, University of Ghent
Stephan Jaeger, Professor of German Studies, University of Manitoba

The conference is free of charge. However, if you would like to join, you have to register at this link the latest by Nov 7, 2014.

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.


DAY 1 (Thursday, Nov 20, 2014)
8:30-8:45 Registration and Coffee

8:45-9:00 Welcome by Kathrin Maurer and Anders Engberg-Pedersen, University of Southern Denmark

9:00-10:00 Keynote: Jan Mieszkowski, The Spectacle and the Secret

10:15-11:45 Session 1: Photography and War

1. Thomas Ærvold Bjerre, Vulnerable Boys? Tim Hetherington’s Infidel Photos

2. Henrik Saxgreen, From Capa to Abu Ghraib

12:30-13:30 Keynote: Lene Hansen, Images and International Affect: Chemical Warfare as the Syrian Limit

13.45-15.45 Session 3 A: Communities of Screens: Film and War

1. Hermann Kappelhoff, Visualizing Community: A Look at World War II Propaganda Films

2. Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, The Role of Amateur Images in Recent Conflict

3. Anders Engberg-Pedersen, The Military Aesthetic Regime: Harun Farocki’s “Serious Games”

Session 3 B: The Visual Mapping of War

1. Luciana Villas Bôas, From the Enemy’s Perspective: The Political Iconology of (Early) Colonial Wars

2. Mary Favret, Charts, Graphs, and Numbers of War

3. Chiara de Franco, On the Narratives of Pictures

15.45-16.15 Coffee

Keynote: W. J. T. Mitchell, The Invisible Enemy: The War of Images, 9-11 to the Present

DAY 2 (Friday, Nov 21, 2014)
9:00-10:00 Keynote: Sten Rynning, Afghan Counter-Insurgency as War and Public Diplomacy

10:15-12:15 Session 3. A: Image Operations of the Yugoslavian War

1. Mladen Ante Gladić, The Dispatch as a Media Format and Peter Handke’s Reports from Yugoslavia, 1991 – 2011

2. Jan König, Persuading Germany for War: Strong Emotions during the Kosovo Conflict

3. Annabel Lee Teodora Gušić, Women from Yugoslavia, Voices against war, Victims of the war: Theatre plays by Sajko, Marković and Srbljanović

Session 3. B: Performing War

1. Cornelis van der Haven, Emotions and the Illusion of Immediacy in Baroque Battle Plays

2. Philipp Shaw, Napoleon as Philoctetes: War, Sacrifice and the End of Empire

3. Solveig Gade, The War, the Body, and the Nation: Commemorating the War in Afghanistan at The Danish National Theatre

13:00 -14:00 Keynote: Christine Kanz, Jünger’s Drones and Beckmann’s Revenants: Vision and Coolness in World War I

14:15-16:15 Session 4: War from a Distance

1. Kathrin Maurer, Drone Vision and the Framing of Violence

2. Svea Braeunert, The Trauma of Drone Warfare and its Place in Visual Culture

3. Carsten Bagge Lausten, Uncanny Repetitions. Abu Ghraib in Afterthought

16:30-17:30 Keynote: Stephan Jaeger, Creating Experiential Spaces of the World Wars in the Museum: Images, Emotions, and Memory Politics

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Kathrin Maurer  
Funktion: Organizer  
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Kathrin Maurer, University of Southern Denmark  
Strasse/Postfach: 55 Campusvej 
Postleitzahl: 5230  
Stadt: Odense  
Telefon: 0045-6550-3335 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
Zusätzliches Suchwortemotions, political science, visuality, war
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