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Menschen - Bilder - Eine Welt. Menschenbilder in Missionszeitschriften aus der Zeit des Kaiserreichs

Date added: 20/09/2016

The conference examines the ways in which ideas of “self” and “other” were constructed in early religious mass media through the production, reproduction and use of images since the 1870s. Acknowledging that missionary representations often emphasized both difference and unity of humans, the conference particularly asks how the visual construction of otherness and stereotypes intersected with basic Christian ideas of humanity and human equality.


It contains three sections: The first section, entitled ‘media and media genres’, explores missionary institutions as transnational image agencies and actors in international publishing and communication. The second section turns to the analysis of image contents and their connection to accompanying texts and examines the making and unmaking of religious, confessional, racial and/or cultural stereotypes in mission periodicals. The third and last section of the conference examines the ways in which missionary organizations used images for benevolent or humanitarian ends.

See the leaflet for more details.

 Menschen - Bilder - Eine Welt. Menschenbilder in Missionszeitschriften aus der Zeit des Kaiserreichs

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