(Not) Visible Stories: Women in Photographs from the First World War

(Not) Visible Stories: Women in Photographs from the First World War

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Malgorzata Radkiewicz

Institute of Audio Visual Arts, University of Krakow


Center for Urban History, Lviv

There are lots of photographs taken during the First World War documenting mostly important historical events and their consequences. The main figures in these pictures are mostly men, who were actively participated in the war as soldiers. However, there are photographs showing women in unusual situations and roles – as participants of the war, nurses or doctors. It happens, that life stories of these women are mostly unknown, or rather their stories have been re-discovered recently.

The presentation had two aims, the first one is to re-discover women stories of the First World War, following visual archives, the second one is to demonstrate how to analyze images from critical (feminist) and gender perspective, in terms of meanings and narrations often not seen for the first sight.

The lecture was held in Polish with simultaneous translation.

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Malgorzata Radkiewicz

PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Audio Visual Arts at the University of Krakow. Her research interests and publications focus on gender representation in film and media as well as on much wider category of cultural identity She published a book about women filmmakers, and other on Polish cinema of 1990s. In her book: “Female Gaze: Film Theory and Practice of Women directors and artists” (2010) she addresses the issue of women’s cinema and arts in terms of feminist theory. In her last book: “Faces of queer cinema” (2014) she analysis selected films dealing with the issue of queer, but also sexuality and gender.

Lecture is a part of the series of events in support of the exhibition "The Great War 1914 - ... Individual and Global Experience".