Transnational solidarity and visual culture: resistance and revolutionary memories from WWII to the Cold War


International symposium

Transnational solidarity and visual culture: resistance and revolutionary memories from WWII to the Cold War

Université Grenoble Alpes, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme

24 & 25 June, 2019


This international symposium aims to open up an innovative field of research on transnational solidarity movements crisscrossing cultural history and visual culture. This approach seeks to explore the role of visual culture as a transnational vehicle for collective dissent and consciousness, and its agency in shaping social movements through international networks of resistance.

We propose a framework that transcends national boundaries and connects movements, ideologies and practices between the Southern and Northern hemispheres. Indeed, despite apparent differences between geographical contexts, visual production developed by, or in connection with, solidarity movements, and can thus be considered as part of a transnational culture of resistance across Western, Eastern European and Third World geographies.

This symposium therefore aims to provide a deterritorialized mapping of solidarity movements in order to understand the connections between politically radical practices and a visual culture of resistance. This mapping is necessary to expose a history of transnational solidarity movements where visual and performative practices were central to a politics of solidarity and resistance. Important to this analysis will hence be a consideration of visual culture as social practice, and visual culture as social action.

The symposium will be attended by doctoral students, young researchers and established researchers whose work links visual and artistic practices with the political and cultural history of solidarity movements from the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall. We are particularly interested in exploring the processes of transfer and exchange, focusing on networks and the circulation of images, people (artists, filmmakers, photographers) and ideologies. It seeks to show how these networks have shaped a transnational visual culture of resistance, while adapting to local contexts and political struggles.

The official languages of the conference will be English and French.

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Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez (Saint Louis University, Madrid)

Scientific committee
Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Juliane Debeusscher (Universitat de Barcelona)
Olga Fernández López (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Jacopo Galimberti (University of Manchester)
Sonia Kerfa (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez (Saint Louis University, Madrid)
Jaime Vindel (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Symposium organized in the framework of the research project MoDe(s)2 – Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s): arte, política y contracultura en el eje transatlántico durante la Guerra Fría. HAR2017-82755-P
In collaboration with the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA) and Saint Louis University Madrid.
With the support of Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP and ILCEA4 (Institut des Langues et Cultures d’Europe, Amérique, Afrique, Asie et Australie).

This symposium is part of MoDe(s) Doctoral program, a specific set of activities addressed to PhD candidates and young researcher developed by MoDe(s) since 2015.