dr. Marta Zarzycka
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Dr Marta Zarzycka is an Assistant Professor at the Gender Studies Department at the Institute of Media and Culture, Utrecht University. She teaches and publishes in the field of visual studies and feminist theory. She has received numerous international fellowships, among others at The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona; The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, and The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, Florida. In addition to book chapters, articles, and reviews, she is a co-editor and an essayist for Carnal Aesthetics: Transgressive Imagery and Feminist Politics (I.B. Tauris, 2012). Her current book-length project is entitled Mothers, Mourners, Soldiers: Gendered Tropes in War Photography and is supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Veni grant). She is currently editor for the photography journal The Depth of Field.




Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
feminist art history
war photography
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Carnal Aesthetics: Transgressive Imagery and Feminist Politics (edited volume), London: I.B. Tauris, 2013

Moving (with) Images: Gender, Affect, and the Senses, editor of special issue of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture (in press)

Objects of Remembrance, editor of special theme issue of The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (in press)

‘On Love and Shame: Affective Politics of Protest Photographs,’ in: Ponzanesi S. (ed) Gender, Globalisation and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones, London: Routledge (in press)

 ‘The visual studies: moving beyond “visual”,’ in: Elkins, J. and Frank, G. (eds) Farewell to Visual Studies (Stone Art Theory Institutes), Pennsylvania:Penn State Press (accepted for publication)

‘Outside the Frame: Re-examining Photographic Representations of Mourning,’Photography & Culture, vol. 7 no. 1, 2013

‘Awards, Archives, and Affects: Tropes in the World Press Photo Contest 2009 – 2011’  (with M. Kleppe), Media, Culture, Society, vol. 35 no. 8, 2013, pp. 977-995

 ‘Showing Sounds: Listening to War Photographs,’ in: Stallabrass, J. (ed) (2013) Documentary (Documents of Contemporary Art series), Whitechapel Gallery, London and Cambridge, The MIT Press

 ‘Feelings as Facts: The World Press Photo Contest and Visual Tropes,’ Photographies, vol. 6 no. 1, 2013, pp. 177-184

‘Madonnas of Warfare, Angels of Poverty,’ Photographies, vol. 5, no. 1, 2012, pp. 71-85

 ‘About to Die? Re-reading war photographs’ (review essay), Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 11 no. 1, 2012, pp. 112-115

 ‘War in Silence? Photographs, Sounds and the Ethics of Reception in Press Photographs,’ Afterimage, summer 2011, pp. 6-10

 ‘Feminist Research methods: Visual Analysis,’ in: Buikema, R. Griffin, G. and Lykke, N. (eds) Researching differently. Postgraduate Research in Women's/Gender/Feminist Studies, New York: Routledge, 2011, pp. 119-136

 ‘Somatechnics. Queering the Technologisation of Bodies’ (review essay) NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 19:1, 2011, pp. 29-27

 ‘Cindy Sherman Confronting Feminism and (Fashion) Photography’,R. Buikema en I. van der Tuin (eds) Doing Gender in Media, Art and Politics, London: Routledge 2009, pp. 151-163

 ‘The power of re-calling’, in A. Smelik en L. Plate (eds) Unsettling the Past: Technologies of Memory in the Arts, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2009, pp. 132-150

 ‘Now I Live on a Painful Planet: Frida Kahlo Revisited’, Third Text, vol. 20, no. 1. 2006, pp. 73-84


All publications
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2013). Awards, Archives, and Affects: Tropes in the World Press Photo Contest 2009 – 2011. Media, Culture and Society, 35 (8), (pp. 977-995) (19 p.).
Zarzycka, M. (2013). Feelings as Facts: The World Press Photo Contest and Visual Tropes. Photographies, 6 (1), (pp. 177-184) (8 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2012). About to Die? Re-reading war photographs’ (review essay). Journal of Visual Culture, 11 (1), (pp. 112-115) (4 p.).
Zarzycka, M. & Papenburg, B. (2012). Carnal Aesthetics: Transgressive Imagery and Feminist Politics. London: I.B.Tauris.
Zarzycka, M. (2012). Madonnas of Warfare, Angels of Poverty. Photographies, 5.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Buikema, R.L. & Zarzycka, M. (2011). Visual Cultures: Feminist Perspectives. In R. Buikema, G. Griffin, N. Lykke (Eds.), Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently (pp. 119-134) (16 p.). Routledge.
  2011 - Professional publications
Zarzycka, M. (2011). Review of "Domestic Goddesses. Maternity, Globalization and Middle-class Identity in Contemporary India" by Henrike Donner. Feminist Review, (pp. 93-93) (1 p.).
  2011 - Popularising publications
Zarzycka, M. (2011). Somatechnics. Queering the technologisation of Bodies. NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 19 (1).
Zarzycka, M. (2011). War in silence?. Afterimage, 38 (7).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2010). Geweld in beeld: visualisatie van gender in hedendaagse persfotografie. Tijdschrift Voor Geschiedenis, 13 (1).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2009). Cindy Sherman Confronting Feminism and (Fashion) Photography’. In R. Buikema, I. van der Tuin (Eds.), Doing Gender in Media, Art and Politics London: Routledge.
  2009 - Professional publications
Zarzycka, M. (2009). The power of re-calling. In A. Smelik, L. Plate (Eds.), Unsettling the Past: Technologies of Memory in the Art Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2007). Cindy Sherman in gevecht met feminisme en (mode)fotografie. In R. Buikema, I. van der Tuin (Eds.), Gender in Media, Kunst en Cultuur Amsterdam: Coutinho.
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Zarzycka, M. (2006). "Now I live on a Painful Planet": Frida Kahlo Revisited. Third Text. Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, 1 (20), (pp. 73-85) (13 p.).
  2006 - Professional publications
Zarzycka, M. (2006). Esthetiek als wapen. Shirin Neshat jongleert met cliches. Lover, 2 (33), (pp. 8-14) (7 p.).
  2005 - Professional publications
Zarzycka, M. (2005). 'Now I live on a Painful Planet': Frida Kahlo revisited. Third Text, Number 1 (Volume 20).
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Press photography often reduces geopolitical conflicts from local or regional political disasters into isolated, simplified, and safely communicable spectacles of atrocity. In war coverage, images of non-Western women in particular regularly function as symbols of the degeneracy and hopelessness of the oppressed, obscuring social and political subjectivities. NGOs such as the Red Cross also often use still photographs of women, informing public understandings of war, peace, victims and perpetrators.
The main road of scholarship on photography capturing war and conflict has focused on the empathic responses of the Western audiences to the general category of ?trauma photography? (Baer, 2002; Moeller, 1999; Sontag, 2003), rather than on institutionally-distributed image-making that produces contemporary notions of identity, citizenship and sovereignty.

The goal of this project is to produce a set of representative case studies analysing gender as a key component in armed conflict press coverage, and to create a framework of visual analysis that can be applied both to the coverage of conflict zones and the use of this coverage in humanitarian relief campaigns. Located in photography studies and using theories of representation and gender, this study is the first to provide a systematic analysis of photographs of women from the wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq and their use in press and in fundraising appeals. Building upon archival research, visual analysis and discourse analysis, I discern recurrent tropes in the representation of women in these three conflicts (e.g. mourning women, veiled women, civilian women facing soldiers). Subsequently, I examine which tropes reoccur in aid campaigns by several NGOs and how they are transformed to fit the organizational codes and objectives of those NGOs.

A better understanding of the images of women in war can contribute to an increased awareness of the mediated character of conflict coverage that sways opinions regarding armed conflicts.

Keywords: photography, gender, representation, war, NGOs

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Visuality and Technology (BA)

Women's Representations of Eros and Pathos (MA)

The Body in Feminist Theory and Practice (RMA, PhD)

NOISE Summer School (MA)

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