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Playing Soldiers: Posing Militarism in the Domestic Sphere

Pasternak, Gil (2009) Playing Soldiers: Posing Militarism in the Domestic Sphere. In: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 9 December 2009, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London.

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Focusing on family photo-portraits of Israeli soldiers, this lecture offered an insight into the politics of family photography in the context of political tension and militarism (the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict).

Expounding how family photographs of Israeli soldiers assist in perpetuating and solidifying Israeli social norms, positions, standards and positive attitudes towards the Israeli army, I also explored how in the context of the Israeli State's ideolgy, the very nature of the genre of portraiture, and particularly of posing for a photographic portrait, appears to subvert the coherency of such photographs' alleged message.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Additional Information: In 2011 I published a revised version of this lecture, see: Pasternak, Gil (2011) Playing Soldiers: Posing Militarism in the Domestic Sphere. In: Visual Conflicts: On the Formation of Political Memory in the History of Art and Visual Cultures. Paul Fox and Gil Pasternak. eds. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp. 139-168. ISBN 9781443831727
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Gil Pasternak
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 13:26
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:13


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