Insurgents and icons

Anna Karina Hermkens*, Eric Venbrux

*Corresponding author for this work

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The chapter tracks the appropriation and circulation of two very different kinds of images. First, it examines media depictions of a protest action at Rome's Trevi Fountain, a tourist destination and pilgrimage site. Then it compares this action to the deployment of images of the Virgin Mary on Bougainville Island in the Pacific. In both cases, images are wielded in protest against oppression. Local actors, appropriating the power of these symbols, mobilize them in local media to mark their positions in war or conflict, thereby constellating divergent sentiments and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRitual, media, and conflict
EditorsRonald L. Grimes, Ute Hüsken, Udo Simon, Eric Venbrux
Place of PublicationNew York, US
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780199895175
ISBN (Print)9780199735235
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bougainville
  • conflict
  • media
  • protests
  • ritual
  • The Virgin Mary
  • Trevi fountain


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