"German War Propaganda in Latin America during World War I, 1914-1918"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin)
The investigation project focuses on the analysis of European war propaganda in Latin America during Word War I. The main research questions are: how did European war propaganda create a medial space for the negotiation of imperialistic and national utopias and discourses, and what effects did the entanglement of national, regional and global dynamics in the production of propaganda have on Latin America? War propaganda was not simply conceptualized and produced in Europe and shipped overseas: many local actors and actor groups contributed actively to the production and distribution of pamphlets, newspapers and other propaganda material. Specific ideas and views on the place of Latin America in this new global context influenced the forms of representation in war propaganda. The analysis of these representations focuses on the importance of exchange between European and Latin American ideas and discourses on nation and modernity and seeks to broaden the understanding of the effects of World War I in a global perspective.