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This is a graded discussion! (8% of your total grade)

The discussion will be based on the topic of “Political Iconography”; you may find some information in the textbook here and there, but there is no dedicated chapter.

First of all, you need to research the term and understand what “Political Iconography” is. Iconography should be clear by now or have a quick look at:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconography (Links to an external site.)

Political Iconography is iconography in close relation to politics, such as pursuing political goals and agendas, and of course, propaganda using visual media. Political Iconography has been one of the central motivations of creating art. To make this the objective of this discussion, you will learn from each other how it has been used.

Here some resources and examples:

1) The politics of iconography: https://neoskosmos.com/en/30910/%20acropolis-museum-turns-6/ (Links to an external site.)

2) The Political Iconography of Muhammad Cartoons: Understanding Cultural Conflict and Political Action https://www.jstor.org/stable/20451946?seq=1 (Links to an external site.)

The is an option for free access.

3) Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters Under Lenin and Stalin. Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=p7AwDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=political+iconography&ots=h6PV32waym&sig=sybJsjSRjy-AnXTMmB5o6QBr43M#v=onepage&q=political%20iconography&f=false (Links to an external site.)

4) LORDS OF THE HILLS: Classic Maya settlement patterns and political iconography in the Puuc region, Mexico : https://www.jstor.org/stable/26307186?seq=1 (Links to an external site.)

    There is an option for free access.


Please do not copy and paste text from websites without including the source link, that is nothing else than plagiarism iced with copyright infringement. Always include the link, and rephrase the text.

If anything unclear, email me. 


Each of you is required to post one example and at least one direct response to any post. Either answer a question or respond with a new question. The discussion shall be an exercise of critical thinking. Hence, posting "I like what you said” does not score well. “I like what you said because … followed by an explanation … will score much better.

Grading: The discussion weights 8% of your total grade. To achieve an A you must post substantial information with including images (70%), and respond to at least 2 post from other students (each 15%). 

student post:

One of the ways Political Iconography has been exercised is through the symbols and colors used to represent the Republican and Democratic parties.  The Democratic party, launched by Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson was the first to make an appearance in the year of 1828.  The Republican party soon followed in the year of 1854, however, the donkey and elephant did not become “political icons” until many years later.  The donkey became the face of the Democratic party through the insults people made towards President Jackson, and taking to the title, he chose to use the donkey on his campaign posters.  The elephant chosen to represent the Republican party referred to Civil War soldiers who went into battle.  

Contrary to how the animals were chosen, there were many prospective colors before settling on red and blue.  Taken into account was both “color temperature relationship” and “color-theory significance.”  While red is now a Republican color, it was weighed as being a possibility for either party due to its iconographic relationship with communism.  By choosing colors and symbols that allow each party to harness their own strengths, Political Iconography is demonstrated.  In essence, red elicits power, dominance and wealth while blue stimulates stability, dependence and strength.

Found below are images of the “political icons.”


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