Quand l’imagerie "populaire" devient un jeu d’enfant
The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris hosts a seminar serires, addressed to Ph.D. students, entitled Approches matérialistes des images ordinaires. It aims to reflect on possbile approaches to research on ‘ordinary’ images (from early printed illustrations to recent memes).
Elisa Marazzi’s lecture Quand l’imagerie ‘populaire’ devient en jeu d’enfant will be hosted during the first session, on 14th February 2022. It will discuss popular illustrated broadsides, widespread in Western Europe (and beyond) from 18th to 20th century. Such items represented an opportunity to access print culture for illiterates, including people learning to read, and, often among them, children. The more farsighted printers soon recognised the viability of illustrated broadsides specifically envisaged as pictorial aids or even as paper toys, a successful production in an era when printed items and playful materials were not widely accessible.