Linda Hentschel: Jeopardized Perception or Perceiving the Jeopardized?

War, Violence, and Relations of Visuality since 9/11

Lecture (german)
Thursday, December 18, 2008, 7 pm

This lecture explores present-day Western image politics in the age of war and terror, grouping these visualizations with, for example, interpretations by Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler.
Once again a burning issue, at least since the terror attacks of September 11 and the subsequent wars, is the old question as to how much violence and horror should be shown through media. My view is focused on mass-media representations of war and violence over the last two centuries, and I will be discussing the way in which trans/national security alliances are devised by means of image politics. Here my interest lies especially in the question of a visual responsibility that is neither subordinated to conservative censorship, nor devoted to naïve curiosity or forfeited in neoliberal “anything goes.” It is an attempt at an ethic of visuality.

Linda Hentschel, PhD, studied art history, media studies, cultural studies, and romance studies in Marburg and Montpellier. From 2001–2008 she served as research assistant at the Berlin University of the Arts and from 2009–2011 will be guest professor at the Weißensee School of Art, Berlin. Areas of expertise: history of optical media and of visual perception, photography and film theory, media and violence, spatial sciences, history of pornography, cultural studies-related gender studies. Current publication: Bilder als Regierungstechnologien: Krieg, Gewalt und visuelle Kultur.

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