Konferanse: War and Biopolitics

The conference will examine the forms and functions of propaganda in a historical and contemporary perspective.

The conference will examine the forms and functions of propaganda in a historical and contemporary perspective. According to Jowett and O'Donnell, propaganda is 'the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist." This definition raises several questions, namely when information turns into propaganda, what are the targeted 'perceptions, attitudes and actions" and what are the conditions that make attempted manipulation a success. The changing power relations and systems of rule and governance in the past two centuries had affected the mechanisms of propaganda. Despite the changes, during the 20th and 21st centuries propaganda has retained certain common features. Thus, the conference will focus on the issue of continuity.

As far the form and the contents of propaganda are concerned, the conference will emphasize two particular aspects - war scare and biopolitics. The fear of war makes individuals internalize a propaganda message, which appears to provide an answer to the perceived problem. In fact, propaganda targets not only attitudes and ideas but also bodies. Physical appearance may become an ideologically loaded imaginary construct and the (re)productive capacities of the body a target of political regulation.

The papers will present these two perspectives in relation to the Second World War and Nazi racial politics, the Cold War, the War against terror, and the neoliberal belief in the human ability to keep his/her body in a state of youth, health and efficiency.


Morning Session, 10:00-12:00

Claudia Lenz, HL-senteret


Introductory Remarks

Anton Weiss-Wendt, HL-senteret


We Charge Genocide! Reciprocity in Cold War Propaganda

Elida Kristine Undrum Jacobsen, PRIO


'Our' values and the 'Other': The West, Islam, and (Counter) Discourses of Enmity in the Mass-Media

Lunch, 12:00-13:00

Afternoon Session, 13:00-15:00

Robert Skog, University of Bergen


'A State Security' and 'Body Conflict': Biopolitics Beyond 'Enemy Combatant'

Silke Wenk, University of Oldenburg


Arno Breker's sculptures: how the arts and politics can intertwine

Anne Gjelsvik, NTNU


'The Unbearable Tortures of the Bikini Shoot': Ideological and Ethical Implications of Media's Representation of the Perfect Body

To pre-register, send an email to Anton Weiss-Wendt at: anton.weiss-wendt@hlsenteret.no
Light lunch will be served (NOK150 per person). Please note in your message if you want to order lunch.

Conference abstracts available here:





Publisert 6. okt. 2011 09:34 - Sist endret 25. okt. 2018 20:48