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  • Tue 28 Feb, 2017 Art and Terror

    Follow the Americans: Photography and US Foreign Policy

    Follow the Americans: Photography and US Foreign Policy

    This lecture will consider some of the challenges faced by contemporary photojournalism in the documentation of twenty-first-century warfare. More particularly, it will examine representations of American military power in a “postphotographic” age, an image saturated era in which the violent conduct of war has become less tangible or accountable in…

  • Tue 31 Jan, 2017 Art and Terror

    Why Babies?

    Why Babies?

    This lecture considers the place of children in cultures of terror. It returns to the scandal of baby killing in the American war in Vietnam, as represented in the work of Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, and Nancy Spero, to reflect upon the significance of violence against children in terror’s imaginary.…

  • Tue 14 Feb, 2017 Art and Terror

    Terror and Twitter

    Terror and Twitter

    On May 1st, 2003 president Bush addressed his controversial ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech on the flight carrier USS Lincoln, 20 miles out of the coast of San Diego. In this speech, broadcasted worldwide, the war on Iraq was sold as a success story; the Saddam regime was ousted and major combat…

  • Tue 21 Mar, 2017 Art and Terror

    Art, Terror and Distance

    Art, Terror and Distance

    This lecture will examine the ways in which contemporary artists have addressed the changing relationship between distance and conflict. For at least two and a half decades, images of conflict have been theorised in the West predominantly in terms of a moral necessity to overcome geographical and empathetic distance. Susan…

  • Tue 14 Mar, 2017 Art and Terror

    Remembering Terror

    Remembering Terror

    By looking at the way in which the 9/11 attacks are remembered photographically, this lecture will examine how the ‘iconic’ image fares in an age of intensive media saturation. Can exceptional images encapsulate exceptional events, as they once seemed to do, and if not, what replaces them? Julian Stallabrass is…

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