Appel à contributions pour un numéro spécial de Early Popular Visual Culture consacré au thème « Mass Media and the Performance of War », à paraître en décembre 2022.
« The long 19th century saw the rise of distinctly ‘modern’ wars in their impact on the media and public opinion. Many historians have analysed the role of mass journalism and the growing awareness of media’s (allegedly) persuasive power that culminated in the widescale institutionalization of official war propaganda in the second half of the 1910s. This progressive narrative has largely focused on the press, while other technologies and forms of popular entertainment have received less attention. This issue aims to offer a fine-grained picture of how a wide variety of popular mass media and performances fostered new possibilities for imaging and imagining war from 1853 until 1918. This call seeks contributions that explore various forms of war-as-entertainment in the second half of the 19th century, including (but not limited to) hippodramas, moving panoramas, tableaux vivants, variety acts and lantern lectures. Spectacles can represent contemporary wars, for instance, the Crimean War (1853-1856), the Anglo-Boer Wars (1880-1881/1899-1902), the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), WWI, as well as historical ones. »
Date limite de soumission (résumé de 300 mots à envoyer à massmedia.performanceofwar(a)gmail.com) : 30 novembre 2021.