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New book on "Disaster as Image"

27. Mai. 2014

Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Gerrit Jasper Schenk have edited a new book with the title "Disaster as Image. Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia". The editors are coordinating the project "Images of Disaster" and curating the exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute" starting in September.

The publication brings together studies from different disciplinary perspectives of the production and reception of images of disaster - across epochs and continents. The chosen studies focus on disasters with a 'natural core', such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, to the exclusion of phenomena such as major epidemics on which extensive research exists. The violences unleashed by natural disasters exposes human beings to the most elemental of borderline situations. Such extreme situations bring forth culturally formed patterns of action, ways of comprehension and coping that perforce transcend responses at the individual level in order to be effective. Thus, the volume introduces important scientific investigations of the representation, mediation and interpretation of disaster.

The publication has grown out of the long term research and exhibition project on "Images of Disaster", jointly conducted by the Cluster "Asia and Europe", the Department of Medieval History at University of Darmstadt and the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim. It is the outcome of an international conference held in 2012 in Heidelberg.

The book "Disaster as Image. Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia" has been published by Schnell+Steiner in 2014.

Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja holds the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", University of Heidelberg. Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Schenk is head of the History Department at TU Darmstadt and professor of Medieval History. Together they coordinate research project D17 "Images of Disasters" and curate the exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe" in cooperation with Dr. Christoph Lind of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums of Mannheim. The exhibition will take place from September 7, 2014, to March 1, 2015 in Mannheim.

Further Links:
Book announcement at Schnell+Steiner
Research Project "Images of Disasters"
Exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute"


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