Images of the Body: First World War and its Aftermath/Körperbilder in und nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg [DHI Rom]

International Workshop, 9-10 June 2016
Deutsches Historisches Institut Rom & Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte

This workshop aims at examining the centrality of the body in the narration, representation, experience and understanding of the First World War. It will take into account individual bodies in war, as they were compelled in the trenches, wounded, dispersed, exhausted, mutilated, or killed. As well, it will consider how those bodies came to symbolize the national community as a whole. Therefore, the workshop approaches the topic by paying attention to both the war and the home front, to both wartime and post-war societies. The main idea is to involve historians, art historians and visual culture historians to reflect upon specific key-questions concerning the representation of bodies during and after the First World War

Thema dieses Workshops ist die zentrale Position, die der Körper in Narration und Darstellung, in der Erfahrung und im Verständnis des Ersten Weltkriegs einnahm. Untersucht werden die individuellen Körper, die in die Schützengräben gezwungen, verletzt, verstümmelt oder getötet wurden, die sich verausgabten und verlorengingen. Ferner wird die Frage erörtert, wie sie zum Symbol einer nationalen Gemeinschaft aufsteigen konnten. Somit richtet sich der Blick auf Front und Heimatfront, auf Kriegs- und Nachkriegszeit. Historiker, Kunsthistoriker und Historiker der visuellen Kultur und Kommunikation werden in diesem Zusammenhang einige Schlüsselfragen zur Darstellung von Körpern in und nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg vertiefen.

Contact /Kontakt:
Martina Salvante (JCU)
Monica Cioli (DHI Rom)

Conference venue/Veranstaltungsort: Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom

Participants /Teilnehmer:
Annette Becker (Université Paris Ouest–Nanterre La Défense)
Martin Baumeister (DHI Rom)
Michael Diers (HU Berlin)
Alessandro Faccioli (Università di Padova)
Marjorie Gehrhardt (University of Reading)
Bernd Hüppauf (New York University)
Sarah Kinzel (HU Berlin)
Flavia Marcello (Swinburne University)
Paolo Nicoloso (Università di Trieste)




Cite this blog post
Max Weber Stiftung (2016, May 31). Images of the Body: First World War and its Aftermath/Körperbilder in und nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg [DHI Rom]. La Grande Guerre. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from

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