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Publié le vendredi 13 mars 2009 par


This international workshop addresses the importance, significance and value of images for contemporary historical and archaeological research and the study of cultural heritage (1880-1980), focusing both on the positive insights that might be garnered from visual material as well as on the possible difficulties


Photographs, posters, drawings, comic book illustrations et cetera will be examined on different levels: the author and his/her intentions, the representation of a reality, the construction of identities, rights and inequalities and the reception of images. The workshop aims at debating and evaluating various methodological and theoretical approaches to using images as historical sources and interpret the images as valuable historical evidence that is equal to and supplements other sources available to historians, archaeologists and researchers in the field of cultural heritage.

On the first day, PhD and Master students and other researchers are invited to present their research in different thematic sessions. The second day consists of a masterclass, conducted by dr. Anne Cronin (Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, UK) ), and a lecture by dr. Marga Altena (Working group Visual Culture) (under reserve) . In the afternoon, dr. Kees Ribbens (historian, The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) will talk about his experience in the field of popular culture and cultural heritage and about how visual sources determine our vision of the past.


10 March

9 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.: opening + coffee

9.45 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.: Pictures, politics and propaganda (discussants: Prof. Dr. Bruno De Wever and dra. Nelleke Teughels)

  • Vladimir Dobrenko: 'The Image of the Enemy in Bolshevik political posters during the October Revolution and the Civil War'
  • Sergei Kruk: ‘Wars of Statues: Ius imaginum and Damnatio memoriae in the 20th century Latvia’
  • Rika Devos: ‘A cold war sketch’   

10.45 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Coffee break

11 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.: Discussion Pictures, politics and propaganda

11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.: Artefacts and narratives of power (discussant: Dr. Marc Jacobs)

  • Thomas Cauvin: ‘Explaining the past through artefacts? 1998 historical exhibitions in Ireland and Northern Ireland’
  • Fabrice Serodes: ‘Historical use of a caricature. The destiny of the perfidious Albion.’

12.45 - 2 p.m.: Lunch

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: The iconic child (discussant: Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier)

  • Lily Chang, 'Representations of Wartime Children: Fear and Morality in the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945'
  • Nele Van den Cruyce: 'Reflections of a child'

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Workers in the picture (discussant: Prof. Dr. Patricia Van den Eeckhout and drs. Joeri Januarius)

  • Rachel Worth: 'Representations of English rural working-dress and the photography of Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901)'
  • Alain P. Michel: 'Visual documents, Virtual reality and the renewal of Labour history'

4 p.m. – 4.20 p.m.: Coffee break

4.20 p.m. – 5.20 p.m.: Utopian landscapes (discussant Prof. Dr. Dries Tys)

  • Rien Emmery: ‘Looking Past the Rural Idyll: History, TV Fiction and the Representation of the Flemish Countryside’
  • Davy Depelchin: 'The story of an orientalist daydream: the use of images in branding the Belgian seaside resorts as exotic playgrounds for the 19th and early 20th-century bourgeoisie, and its importance as historical evidence for the present day'

11 March

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Masterclass Anne Cronin: 'Seeing Time: advertising images and the spatio-temporalities of neo-capitalism'

1 p.m. - 2.15 p.m.: Lunch

2.15 p.m.- 3.30 p.m.: Masterclass Marga Altena: 'Negotiating History: Representations of the Past through Visual Media'

3.30 p.m. - 3.45 p.m.: Coffee break

3.45 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Masterclass Kees Ribbens: 'Images all over. History visualized ... and made invisible'

5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.: conclusions

5.30 p.m.: reception



  • Priemstraat 51, 1000 Brussels
    Bruxelles, Belgique


  • mardi 10 mars 2009
  • mercredi 11 mars 2009

Source de l'information

  • Birgit Geudens
    courriel : birgit [dot] geudens [at] faronet [dot] be

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