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Changing Cultures of Witnessing: paintings, selfies, hashtags at the London School of Economics

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Time 18:30
Date 30/10/18
Price Free

Join an interdisciplinary panel of speakers as they explore the different media platforms and practices of spectatorship that today enable our moral and political engagement with human vulnerability.

What do #MeToo, refugee selfies and oil paintings have in common? They are all part of a mixed and changing culture of witnessing.

Today, the panel asks not only how the digital has shifted the terms of our visual encounters with bodies-in-pain but also shows how our testimonial cultures remain the same. This is not only because contemporary witnessing mixes media, old and new, but crucially also because it is still traversed by historical power relations and social hierarchies.


Professor Lilie Chouliaraki (@chouliaraki_l) is a Professor of Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Professor Robin Wagner-Pacifici is the University in Exile Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research.

Professor Barbie Zelizer (@bzelizer) is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.


Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser (@sbanetweiser) is Professor of Communication and Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.