Lecture at the conference "Fährten. Mensch-Tier-Verhältnisse in Reflexionen des Exils" on 24 October 2020 at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Burcu Dogramaci spoke at the annual conference of the Society for Exile Research, 22-24 October 2020, entitled “Fährten. Mensch-Tier-Verhältnisse in Reflexionen des Exils” [Tracks. Human-Animal Relations in Reflections of Exile] which took place in Vienna (online).


The conference was organized by the Österreichische Exilbibliothek. In her lecture “Exilfotografie in London (1933-45) – Politiken des Tierbildes” [Exile Photography in London (1933-45) – Politics of the Animal Image], Burcu Dogramaci spoke about animals as a popular subject of exile photographers who came to London after 1933 fleeing from the Nazis. The lecture discussed the political significance of animal photography in the context of exile and flight. For the animal image was sometimes used as political caricature in magazines such as Picture Post or Lilliput. This politicisation of the animal image took place through the captions. The pocket magazine Lilliput, however, generated meaning through the juxtaposition of two images. In the process, animal images were also used to confront National Socialist politicians. This is remarkable because a whole network of emigrants was involved in Picture Post and Lilliput: the editor-in-chief of both magazines was the emigrated journalist Stefan Lorant; photographers such as Wolf Suschitzky, Hans Casparius and Tim Gidal worked for him. In the media transfer, the animal portrait became a political subject through editorial processing – image-text or image-image relations. Programme of the conference at: http://www.exilforschung.de/_dateien/jahrestagungen-gfe/Faehrten_Programm_analog.pdf. Review of the conference: https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-91221. P.S.: In the meantime, the book on the conference with an essay by Burcu Dogramaci has also been published: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110729627/html.