Competing Iconographies in Jerusalem's Old City

  • Thomas Richard Université d'Auvergne
Keywords: Jerusalem, Iconography, Tourism, Disaspora, Cultural Globalization, Identity


The Old City of Jerusalem is at the core of an ongoing visual struggle between two sets of iconographies, with the Palestinian and Israeli sides trying to assert by this mean their clairm to the City, both on a private and a public level, with diasporic and tourists as their target audience. This struggle has led to the appearance of a specific visual culture of the Old City, with visitors being entangled in this struggle. At the same time, this specific target has had a very strong influence on the choice of images, which are designed to fit its tastes and demands in a global cultural context.

Author Biography

Thomas Richard, Université d'Auvergne

is a doctor from the University Clermont-Auvergne. His political science dissertation was aimed at the study of conflicts in the Middle East through the use of films, cultural products, and museums, and has been published by LGDJ-Lextenso under the title Du Musée au cinema, narrations de guerre au Moyen-Orient. He won the Michel de L’Hospital PhD award, and has published articles and presented papers on conflicts and films, war memories, and Middle Eastern identities. His current research topics deal with migrations, art as it appears in museums and movies, and terrorism and its use of film.


How to Cite
Richard, T. “Competing Iconographies in Jerusalem’s Old City”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 8, May 2017, pp. 73-85, doi:10.17192/meta.2017.8.6026.