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  • Disrupting Visual Legacies of the ‘Eternal Enemy’

    Annika Kirbis

    Chapter from the book: Carabelli, G et al. 2020. Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and Memory.


    This essay interrogates the visual legacy of the Other as a constitutive figure of empire by contextualising how “metanarratives of exclusionism” continue to operate in the nation-state today. Tracing the persistence and nurturing of the enemy image of the “Turk” in reference to the Ottoman Siege of Vienna, the author explores how certain visual markers still easily trigger and mobilise support for contemporary xenophobic agendas in Austria today. However, the multiplicity of lived realities among Vienna's citizens increasingly disturbs and inverts such exclusive imaginaries of belonging. Critically revisiting Vienna's remembrance of the Siege is key to turn interventions for inclusive memory narratives sustainable.

    How to cite this chapter
    Kirbis, A. 2020. Disrupting Visual Legacies of the ‘Eternal Enemy’. In: Carabelli, G et al (eds.), Sharpening the Haze. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bcd.d

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    Published on Jan. 7, 2020


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