Latin America from the Image: the Historical Narrative and Visual Culture
Although in historical narration it is very easy to recognize the use of the written document, with the purpose of reconstructing the past, there are efforts aimed at experimenting with visual resources. There has been an interest in analyzing these sources as productions elaborated and disseminated with intentionality, in certain periods and spaces. Studies on visual culture, by the way, have provided theoretical and methodological basis, to experiment with material artifacts with symbolic, aesthetic, political-ideological, ritualistic purposes, which seek, precisely, to attract the gaze. Without being limited to them, this is why research on cartography, photography, film, television, cyberspace, surrealist and conceptual art and architecture, among others, takes priority.
In this way, this congress proposes a dialogue between history and visual culture, in order to reflect “visually” issues applicable to that great reality called Latin America, such as political propaganda, the configuration of collective memories, the construction of the nation, the articulation of identities and subjectivities, among others, using the principle of scrutinizing the image from production to reception and consumption. This effort will have three central goals:
1. reflect on the possibilities of the image to give visibility both to the generalities and to the particular aspects of human actions
2. provide disciplinary insights that are not restricted to the interpretation of the historian and
3. demonstrate the relationship between the historical relevance of the image, the pertinence of visual culture and the revisionist nature of historical studies.