Call for Papers

HERA Project Victor-E
Final Public Conference

“The Reconstruction of Post-WWII Europe
through the Visual Arts”

Paris, April 20-22, 2022

Deadline: November 15, 2021

The MSA WG Arts & Memory are thrilled to circulate the details of this conference, organized in the framework of the research project Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in PostWorldWar II Europe ( This conference will bring together the viewpoints of historians, visual sociologists, and historians of art, cinema, architecture, photography, painting and other related visual media on the period of Reconstruction following the Second World War in Europe. The research on the challenges of the postwar period, which began in the 1980s, has been fruitful but is only including visual sources since the 2000s. The increased digitization of archival collections, in particular iconographic and audiovisual holdings, encourages the exploration of the Reconstruction period through the rediscovery of these new objects.

While the research carried out within the framework of the ViCTORE project has mainly focused on nonfiction cinema (documentaries, newsreels, and amateur films produced after 1944), the conference aims to emphasize the integration of this cinematographic corpus into an extended visual arts ensemble. By examining the repetition of patterns and the circulation of aesthetic representations between cinema, photography, architecture, painting, design, and comics, it will explore the correspondences and influences that were developed between these different artistic expressions during the key period of the mid20th century and which can be still found in the contemporary visual culture.

This conference will be the final public event organized by the ViCTORE project. Its team members will have the great pleasure to introduce the virtual exhibition created by the Czech, French, German, and Italian units, together with the European Film Gateway.

Please send your abstracts (200 words, short bio) in English or French to:

Deadline for abstracts: November 15, 2021
Acceptance announcement: November 30, 2021
Dates of the conference: April 2022, 2022

Read more about the conference and the CfP here.