“Iconic Revolts” – forthcoming publication
Following our three inspiring conferences on revolts and revolutions, we are now hoping to publish two collective books in order to give a public résumé of our research results.
Our book “Iconic Revolts: Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery” will cover the visual representation of political violence in early modern Europe, America and Asia.
We will discuss who produced and disseminated such images, why certain artistic genres were chosen, and what audiences were addressed.
As an international research group of historians, art historians and literary scholars, we are especially interested in diachronic patterns and the self-reflexivity of early modern media production.
Our book reveals cultural differences and exchanges from a synchronic perspective, but also retraces diachronic shifts in visual grammars. Aspects of confrontation or translation incited contemporary comparisons and generated an increasing recognition of past events as sources of identification. Reenactments and re-contextualisations of visual codes transformed images and objects of previous ages into vivid emblems of political agency and especially inspired the historiographical studies and self-reflexive media criticism in the eighteenth century.
Though our study ends before the advent of photography, the time frame of the early modern period is long enough to allow for the observation of larger trends regarding changing techniques and modes of representation that ‘traveled’ across cultures and which were closely related to a refined symbolism and intricate iconotextual relations.
Our publication is funded by Volkswagen Foundation, Germany. We will provide a full table of contents soon. In the meantime, you are welcome to consult the list of contributors and their abstracts below:
SECTION 1: Constitutional developments and legal consolidation:
Galina Tirnanić, Oakland University, USA:
Alain Hugon, Université de Caen, France:
Blenda B. Femenias, CUA, Washington, USA:
Yachen Maya Ma, Tsing Hua University, Taiwan:
SECTION 2: Confessional conflict and proto-nationalism:
Ramon Voges, University of Paderborn, Germany:
“From Power Brokers to Rebels. How Frans Hogenberg Depicted the Beginning of the Dutch Revolt”
David de Boer, University of Leiden, Netherlands / University of Konstanz, Germany:
Malte Griesse, University of Konstanz, Germany:
SECTION 3: Legitimation of rule and resistance in cross-border representations:
Nancy Kollmann, Stanford University, USA:
Joana Fraga, University of Turin, Italy:
Gleb Kazakov, Freiburg University, Germany:
Nóra Gézonné Etényi, University of Budapest, Hungary:
SECTION 4: Representational conventions, art theory and revolutionary content:
Monika Barget, University of Konstanz, Germany:
“Imagining leadership – the impact of 18th-century visual culture on political identity”
Fabian Fechner, University of Tübingen, Germany: