Visual Conflicts: On the Formation of Political Memory in the History of Art and Visual Cultures
Editor: Paul Fox and Gil Pasternak
Date Of Publication: Sep 2011
This collection of essays explores ways in which visual cultures have engaged with armed conflict and politically-motivated acts of violence of all types. It works out of analytical frameworks developed in the fields of Art History and Visual Culture in order to address the politics of representing conflict within and beyond these disciplines. The contributors seek to extend perceived well-established academic approaches to thinking about visual production in the context of war, conflict, and militarism through a study of various themes, including historiography, subjectivity, biography, narrative construction, commemoration, identity, and memory formation. Each author considers how visual representations of conflict shape the meanings of politically significant events, of specific social formations, of subject positions and enacted roles. The volume investigates a set of representational regimes in visual media, including print-making, painting, photography and digital imaging, and the use to which they have been put to generate as well as mediate realities of conflict.
Dr Paul Fox is an Independent Historian of Visual Culture. His research interests span European visual culture in the decades before and after 1900, especially the history of photography and print culture in the era of photomechanical reproduction. He has a particular interest in visual responses to conflict, including the narrative imagining of masculinities, and the politics of memory.
Dr Gil Pasternak is a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Photography Course Leader in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, at the University of Huddersfield, England. His main research interests focus on the participation of vernacular photography in the solidification and subversion of state policies and in acts of political violence.
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