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PhD defence Michel van Duijnen (VU) – 19 december 2019

On Thursday 19 december 2019 at 13.45, Michel van Duijnen will defend his dissertation titled A Violent Imagination: Printed Images of Violence in the Dutch Republic, 1650-1700.
Location: aula of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Within the wide variety of printed images produced in the Dutch Republic between 1650 and 1700, explicit violence was a prominent and recurring theme. A Violent Imagination analyses the role of violence in Dutch print culture and discusses the uniquely explicit images produced during this period, which ranged from botched beheadings to cannibalistic Christians. Most importantly, this dissertation shows how violence was positioned as a distant phenomenon, taking place in the past or in faraway places, and consequently as something that could become imaginable specifically through the medium of printed images.
Download the invitation here.