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Competing Perspectives: Figures of Image and Control
03 Juni - 05 Juni
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata

(Rückgebäude), Bibliothek, 3. Stock

Weyertal 59
50937 Köln

Link: http://lageplan.uni-koeln.de/#!126

Autobiographies and self portraits can be understood as fi gures of image control that try to express and secure a person’s reputation for contemporary and future generations. However, there have always been competing perspectives between self-descriptions and descriptions of oneself by others. It is this interplay that determines the current effects and the lasting impact of self-fashionings – and produces the distinction between “Dichtung und Wahrheit” (facts and fi ction), between illusion and reality. Our annual conference thus questions the cultural, historical, and medial figures of these distinctions in case studies from antiquity to the present: that is, by comparing the “Res Gestae” of the Emperor Augustus, his portraits, the self-images in minted coins and in the biographies of Augustus by Nicolaus of Damascus or Suetonius, as well as in the daily competition for “Likes or Dislikes” in the self-representations on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram (among others).