[237120, A2] Wk 7: Task 4 – Questions to Topic Sentence

Visual texts are a medium through which a viewer may gain an understanding not only of the subjects depicted, but of the worldviews informed by the context in which the visual text was created. This is exemplified in ‘The World of War’ section of Nicholas Mirzoeff’s book, ‘How to See the World’, in the example of maps as visual text representing power struggle and the worldviews of those who created them. Mirzoeff’s case study of the Berlin West Africa Conference and the colonisation of Africa displays this, through the definition of the borders of Africa by the European scramble for power through territory. Similarly, the interwar period wherein the European borders were redefined by the victors of WWI exemplifies how maps visually represent power struggle throughout history. Thus, we see that worldviews as expressed through maps as visual texts portray a dominant worldview: The worldview of the victorious.

Works Cited:

  • Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The World of War.” How to See the World. United Kingdom: Penguin Random House, 2015. 101-127. Print.
  • Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 9-48. Print.