CfP: 20th Century German Documentary Photography


Conference at the German Historical Institute London, May 23-25, 2013

Recent years have witnessed new interest among historians to integrate
visual sources and changing modes of visual perception into their work.
While the presence of visual sources in mainstream monographs was quite
common in 19th century historiography, this tendency dropped off markedly
over the course of the 20th century.   In the last fifteen years or so,
however, historians working in various contexts have begun to rethink
historical periods – and history-making itself – through the lens of
visual history as a rich field of scholarly inquiry in its own right.
But to date this burgeoning field associated with the ‘visual turn’
largely exists as a set of isolated studies that rarely relate to one
another; the proposed conference is an effort to bring together a range of
scholars in the field to explore the interface of visuality and history in
20th century Germany.  Of central consideration here is how and why
photographic images have shaped popular memories and understanding of key
historical events over the last century; in relation to German history,
this is certainly evident with the both world wars, the 1923 Inflation,
the pageantry surrounding the Third Reich, the Holocaust, Nazi defeat,
divided Berlin, 1968, the 1972 Olympics as well as the dismantling of the
Berlin Wall in 1989.

Deadline: 15 January 2012

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