dr. Nicole Immig

  • Posted on: 13 September 2015
  • By: marijke
About the participant: 

Having studied European History, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in Cologne/Germany, Salonica and Athens/Greece I received my M.A. at the University of Cologne/Germany focusing on the “Smyrna Issue in International Politics 1919-1923”. My PhD-Thesis, which I finished at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, concentrated on Muslims in Greece in the timespan from 1878-1897 and their struggle between political and socioeconomic participation and emigration. Currently I am holding a post-doctoral position within the interdisciplinary DFG-Graduate School 1412 “Cultural Orientations and Institutional Order in South-Eastern Europe” at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena. My actual project focuses on “Images and Imaginations of Turks and Ottomans in Greece 1821- 1930”. I have been granted several scholarships to conduct research in Greece and Turkey. I teach South-Eastern European History at the Universities of Jena and Giessen. My main research interests are Intercultural Relations, Historical Migrations, Visual History of the Balkans, History of Tourism and Urban Studies. I am married and have two children.

Title of lecture: 
Visual Representation of World War One: Discovering the Salonica Front

Although Greece until September 1917 had not officially entered the war, many soldiers fought already since 1915 on the shores of the Aegean Sea, at the so-called “Macedonian” or “Salonica front”. Stationed at an internment-camp not far from the Greek city of Salonica in Northern Greece, Serbian and Allied forces on the one and troops of the central powers, namely German and Bulgarian, on the other side had engaged into battles in the rangy terrain of the Macedonian mountains. Concerning these south-eastern theatres of war, but also regarding the related home-fronts only very little research in general has been done and World War I remains a rather forgotten, but mostly unknown war in Greece. Especially when it comes to media-related visual sources as photography, these sources are usually used for purposes of illustration and have rather not been looked at as historical evidence. The paper intends to give an insight into the variety of visual sources of the Salonica front as visual representations of war, focusing on unpublished archival sources and published photographical material in contemporary Greek journals. It discusses ways in which visual sources can deploy a wide range of questions concerning aspects of the socially, politically and military complex phenomenon of war. The paper also addresses the issue of published press-photography and its relation to domestic and foreign propaganda.