Project: Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe

Acronym VICTORE (Reference Number: H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2017-one-stage)
Project Topic How have audio-visual representations of public spaces – and particularly the documentation of war damage and of reconstruction efforts –, shaped the politics, policies and polities of post-WW II Europe? Framing post- war culture as a culture of trauma and transition and treating public space as a privileged site for the discursive construction of regional, national and supra-national communities, VICTOR-E studies the political iconography of public spaces in non-fiction film from the cessation of hostilities (1944-45) until the Thaw (1956) in a transnational perspective. This perspective encompasses different national experiences of war destruction and post-war reconstruction across Europe.VICTOR-E unites scholars of non-fiction film from four European countries with film archives and combines archival research with oral histories to provide context for previously digitized as well as newly discovered and digitized content. Apart from scholarly publications and conferences, the main deliverable is a sustainable, multilingual (F, I, D, CZ, English) virtual exhibition connected with European Film Gateway, which presents the research results to scholars and the general public and furthers our understanding of how audio-visual media shape notions of public space as a site of commemoration and political and social action.
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Call HERA Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Intergration in Europe”

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Goethe University Coordinator Germany
2 University of Udine Partner Italy
3 Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Partner Czech Republic
4 Paris 1 University - Sorbonne Panthéon Partner France