1924: The Year of Peace? Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Visual Culture at the University of Durham (UK)

 Institute of European Studies

In the early years of the Weimar Republic a range of new polities, collectives, and publics grew up within the newly-formed democratic state. This created conditions for new forms of political action and address. In this lecture, two case studies – Ernst Friedrich’s book War against War! and John Heartfield’s photomontage Ten Years On – are the starting point for an exploration of the ways in which pacifist activists mobilized emerging forms of visual culture and sought to enlist new publics in the pacifist cause. In doing so, both the potential and limitations of photography as a form of political agitation become apparent, in ways that have resonance for photographic debates of our own time.

 heike.friedman@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558