Visual images have a great impact on the forming of any nation’s perceptions about other peoples. This is particularly typical of the countries where literacy rate and levels of education are not very high. Politicians are very well aware of the role of visual images and their significance for political propaganda, and, therefore, work hard to construct effective images of themselves and “the others”. In the 1950s – 1970s in the People’s Republic of China, visual images (portraits, posters, cartoons) played a very important role in mass propaganda and were used to introduce official ideas into the public consciousness. Through visual presentation of images, this presentation will examine the causes and the nature of the changes and continuities in China’s perception of the USSR and the West in the 1950s – 1970s and will show the dynamics of these processes.
Guest lecture: Visual Images of the Soviet Union and the West in China in 1950s - 1970s: Changes and Continuities
Speaker: Prof. Nikolay Samoylov (St. Petersburg State University)
Venue: Kielikeskus, sh406
Time: December 3, 2019, from 10:15 to 11:15
Prof. Samoylov is the head of Department of Theory of Asian and African Social Development as well as the director of the Center for Chinese Studies at St. Petersburg State University.
This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki.
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