Global Politics on Screen

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Project Members:
  Madeleine Herren, Cornelia Knab, Eric Decker, Inci Bosnak, Sascha Herlings, Felix Nothdurft, Maya Okuda-Yazaki, Julian Wettengel, Christopher Zoller-Blundell, Lisa-Marie Zoller-Blundell

This research project presents an introduction to the efforts of the League of Nations to investigate in the Sino-Japanese conflict about Manchuria. Our starting point is a Japanese silent propaganda film from the early 1930s about the work of the so-called Lytton Commission of the League of Nations, which visualizes events of international politics for a global public.

Students and scholars at the Institute for European Global Studies and at Heidelberg University have examined this film by using a film annotations database, originally developed and used for the pad.ma project and has in the meantime been updated to its succesor pan.do/ra. Exploring the potential of the new technological tools, our project seeks to combine established models of historical interpretation with opportunities provided by digital humanities and is committed to collaborative research.