2017.10.29 - 2017.10.29

Panel discussion: Parodies, caricatures and stereotypes

How can we recognise and understand derogatory and clichéd images? How do the anti-Semitic carica-tures of yore relate to today’s Mohammed caricatures or Charlie Hebdo’s satirical drawings?

In the first decades of the 20th century, satirical magazines were an essential ingredient in both emerging mass culture and in political debate. Anti-Semitic images of “the Jew” as a “race type” that was different from the majority population also became prolific and firmly established. The Biennial presents a selection of such pictures, from the Swedish daily press between 1903 and 1921. Our purpose is to show the rise of stereotypical portrayals, and explain the mechanisms of stereotyping that we see today. How can we recognise and understand derogatory and clichéd images? How do the anti-Semitic caricatures of yesterday relate to today’s Mohammed caricatures or Charlie Hebdo’s satirical drawings? How can we deal with a visual history based on anti-Semitism and racism without repeating it? Who can – and can’t – show this kind of picture, and whose free-dom of expression should be protected? This and much more will be discussed by Lars M Andersson, Senior Lecturer in History at Uppsala University and author of the thesis En jude är en jude är en jude (A Jew is a Jew is a Jew); Moa Matthis, PhD in literature, author, journalist and editor of the website Kunskapsbanken Bilders Makt; Tobias Hübinette, Reader in Intercultural Education at Karlstad University; and Benjamin Gerber of the Jewish Community in Gothenburg.
 
In association with Folkuniversitetet. 
 
When: Sunday, 29 October, 2 pm
Where: Röda Sten Konsthall