8th International Urban History Conference

30th August - 2nd September 2006 , Stockholm

Specialist Session 11

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Representing modernity: political and social caricature in European cities in the late 19th and 20th centuries

The growth of cities, the development of the media, and the emergence of mass politics – fundamental and much studied features of modern urban history – encouraged the proliferation of distinctive types of graphic representation: the humorous and satirical imaging of modern urban life, and of the political leaders who claimed to be shaping it. Participants in this session were invited to present case studies of these caricatural practices, that addressed inter alia questions of authorship, style, reception, publishing platform, political and social significance and relation to urban context and networks. The overall aim of the session was to place these representational practices in a comparative framework, bringing out, and interpreting, similarities and dissimilarities in the forms of visual satire that developed in cities across Europe during the period.

  • Malcolm Gee Research group in European Urban Culture, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Dobrinka Parusheva Institute of Balkan Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria
Stockholm, Sweden