The WW II changed perspectives, beliefs and existing hierarchies. Our aim is to examine the changes in how the Other is represented visually in the wartime period, as well as the consequences of war from a longitudinal perspective. Although our focus is set particularly on Eastern Europe, we are equally interested in understanding the processes of representing the Other in the context of a global war. The period also showed fast technological development and innovations which introduced new forms of visualisations. The new media and ways of using them (e.g. in propaganda) are also at the very core of our interests.
Susan Sontag has argued that we consider the Other, even if s/he is not an enemy, as someone whom we observe, not someone who would also observe us; we consider them as someone to be seen, and not as someone who also, like we, sees. The representation of the Other gains a new shape in the time of war, fuelled by rising nationalism and hatred, causing a change of targets and their visualization.
The third international conference of Visual Encounters with the Other focuses on the visual representations of (non-)ethnic otherness/alterity in Eastern Europe, covering the period of and around World War II, from the 1930s to 1950s. The discussion reflects on a variety of visual sources including the press, printed materials (photography, illustrations, posters, advertisements, caricatures, etc), books, and so on. We accept accounts of humorous and non-humorous representations that would document, interpret and/or construct the ways that the Other has been depicted. The papers should relate to, although are not limited to, the following issues:
Other in the war context;
Ideas of modernity in representations of the Other;
The production and reception of humour;
Eastern European perspective of alterity and changes in the looking at enemies and friends;
New media and new ways of seeing.
Please submit a proposal that contains your full name, institutional and disciplinary affiliation with a very brief academic CV, the title of your paper and an abstract of 200-250 words, outlining your basic research methods and sources. The organizers give preference to submissions based on fieldwork and/or the use of ethnographic, folkloric, or closely related archival materials. Paper authors will be informed about accepting or rejecting their submission until February 28, 2014. The language of the conference is English.
The deadline for the submission of paper proposals: 10 February 2014
Deadline for paying early registration fee (100 EUR) is March 15, 2014
Late registration fee (130 EUR) can be paid until April 30, 2014.
The next conference will be held in
Sofia, Bulgaria, December 2 - 5!
Additional conference photos taken by Danek and Christie are
In the name of the organisers, I would like to thank all the conference participants and hope to see you next time!
The weather in Tartu will be quite chilly, but hopefully sunny. Check the forecast from www.yr.no. The trip on the river boat may be cancelled because of the cold weather.
The location of the Estonian Literary Museum on the map:
The programme has been uploaded at the programme page. The programme for the opening ceremony is also fixed, and so are the main stops on the trip to Saaremaa.
Thank you all for the abstracts! Further registering is possible after arranging an agreement with the organising board.
The post-conference trip will take us to Saaremaa. See the programme page for more information. Don't forget to register for the conference trip when signing up for the conference!
We are holding negotiations with keynote speakers and leaders of plenary sessions. The keynotes and plenaries will be announced on the programme page. We are also very happy to have received our first paper proposal last week!