On June 19 Rutger van der Hoeven will defend his PhD thesis The Global Visual Memory. A Study of the Recognition and Interpretation of Iconic and Historical Photographs at the University Hall.
Our world is saturated with photographs that hit our screens and newspapers, and then disappear from our view again. A fraction of these photographs survive, are reprinted and republished, and become well-known photographs that are associated with a particular event in history. Many scholars believe that such photographs shape our collective memory and view of history. Yet factual, evidence-based research into these iconic images and the way they function in culture and society has remained limited.