Even if there is no outstanding political icon of Europe, a variety of motifs and iconographies give Europe a face. The motto of the European Union – “united in diversity” – fits when it comes to images and counter-images of Europe. This multi-disciplinary volume enriches our knowledge of various visual constructions of Europe: the authors, experts in the fields of visual and political communication, deal with central, peripheral and external iconographies.
Benjamin Drechsel was key researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres (LBI-EHP) from 2005 through 2009. He was scientific assistant at the Center for Media and Interactivity of Justus Liebig University, Giessen, in cooperation with the LBI-EHP from 2005 to 2008. Since 2008 he has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen.
Claus Leggewie is Professor for Political Science at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where he was Founding Director of the Center for Media and Interactivity. Leggewie was the first Max Weber Chair at New York University from 1995 through 1997. Since August 2007 he has been serving as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen.