Confronting Images Throughout History

Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination and violence of repressive and autocratic regimes. However we also see the disturbing images appear in western liberal democracies as well. The imagery associated with the devil or satan is thousands of years old, but the hooded white robes and burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan are much more recent. The swastika embraced by Nazi Germany in the 20th century has its roots in the distant past and has been adapted by other groups throughout the centuries. Some of the images have been associated with esoteric societies or religious groups or they may feature prominently in the propaganda of political parties.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Carl Liungman, Dictionary of Symbols (Norton: 1995)
  • Miranda Bruce-Mitford, Signs and Symbols, All Illustrated Guide to their Origins and Meaning (DK: 2019)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Origins and impact of various examples of non verbal imagery throughout history
  • Ancient imagery including biblical, Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman
  • Mediaeval imagery including those signifying the devil, satan and the mark of the beast
  • Modern imagery, including the reworking of earlier images, swastika, KKK, cross hairs of the NRA, the lightning bolts of the SS, the hammer and sickle and the manacles and chains of slavery
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15 Nov

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