Wednesday 15 May
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Kirril Shields will discuss the popularity of German amateur photography during the Nazi period.
Amateur photos taken by Germans between the 1920s to 1945 reveal not only the ever-increasing normalisation of atrocity, but the importance that even the most mundane and quotidian photo played in helping to propagate Nazi ideology.
Kirril will provide an historical overview, outlining the proliferation and importance of the amateur photographer to Nazi Germany, and talk about the reappearance of these images on social media such as Instagram. Kirril will talk to the role these images play in the recent rise of global right-wing politics and, more generally, the problematic nature of today’s social media phenomenon.
Kirril Shields lectures at The University of Queensland. He also works for the Asia Pacific Center for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P), housed in the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Image courtesy of Kirril Shields