“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.

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“Visualizing Revolt and Punishment in Early Modern Times” – conference held at Harvard University, USA, in spring 2014, funded by VW Stiftung, Germany

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.

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“Visualizing Revolt and Punishment in Early Modern Times” – conference held at University of Konstanz in winter 2014, funded by VW Stiftung, Germany

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:

“Visualizing Punishment in Byzantium: Disseminating Memories of Quelled Revolts Before the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Alain Hugon, Université de Caen, France:

“Revolutionary ceremonies and the use of visual culture in the insurgent city of Naples (1647-1648)”

Blenda B. Femenias, CUA, Washington, USA:

“Violence against the Body in the Drawings of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala”

Yachen Maya Ma, Tsing Hua University, Taiwan:

“To Visualize or Not to Visualize: Commemorating the Suppression of Revolt in Early Qing”


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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:

“For Pity and Piety: Images of Religious Persecution in the Dutch Republic”

Malte Griesse, University of Konstanz, Germany:

“Image and Text in Propaganda during the Upper Austrian Peasant War 1626″


SECTION 3: Legitimation of rule and resistance in cross-border representations:

Nancy Kollmann, Stanford University, USA:

“Truth and Legitimacy in Adam Olearius’ Punishments

Joana Fraga, University of Turin, Italy:

“Visual communication during the Portuguese revolt of 1640″

Gleb Kazakov, Freiburg University, Germany:

“Through Glory and Death: Portraying Razin the Rebel in Western Media”

Nóra Gézonné Etényi, University of Budapest, Hungary:

“The Fame and the Negative Image: Opposition and Resistance of the Hungarian Nobility in the Press of the Holy Roman Empire in the 17th Century”


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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:

“Satirical Rebels? European Visualizations of Black American Insurgents around 1800″


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Monika Barget

Monika Barget studied history, history of art and theology in Augsburg (Germany) and Galway (Ireland). In 2013, she joined the international research group 'Early Modern Revolts' at Konstanz University as a doctoral student. Since October 2017, she has been project manager in the Letters 1916-1923 project at Maynooth University (Ireland). Her research interests include early modern constitutional history and political iconography.

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