Cold War Visual Alliances

Visual Studies, Special Issue, June 2015

Visual Studies 30.2 (2015)

This is a special issue of the journal Visual Studies, guest edited by Andrea Noble, and seminar members, Sarah Bassnett and Thy Phu.

What did the Cold War look like? And what did it mean to look during the period of global history that ran approximately from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s? That is, what was the role of visuality at a time when, according to conventional accounts, the world divided along an East–West ideological axis? The Cold War enters the Western visual field most clearly through iconic images that served manifold functions, the most important of which were the flexing of military muscle and the waging of ideological battle. We contend that pivotal questions of visuality are integral to an analysis of the global Cold War.