Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

Humanitarianism and Media Cultures


Humanitarianism and Media Cultures

6-8 February 2015
University of Sussex

A two-day conference organised by Michael Lawrence and Rachel Tavernor

This conference will bring together scholars and students working across a range of disciplines to consider the relationships between global humanitarianism and media culture from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives. As Keith Tester has argued, modern humanitarianism and the institutions and technologies of media culture are inextricably entwined. In recent decades various scholars have analysed the relationship between media representations and moral sentiments, from the emergence of "humanitarian narratives" in the eighteenth century (Thomas Laqueur) to the "humanitarian optics" of today (Eyal Weizman). The conference seeks to contribute to understandings of the histories and futures of global humanitarianism by focusing attention on diverse intersections between media technologies and what Didier Fassin has called "the politics of precarious lives."

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute scholarly or practice presentations that consider global humanitarianism's media cultures, including but not limited to print media, film, photography, television, video and digital media.

Please send abstracts (250 words) plus short bio to ghmc.conference@sussex.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2014

Keynote speakers:

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics. Author of The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-humanitarianism (2012) and The Spectatorship of Suffering (2006).

Professor Suzanne Franks, City University London. Author of Reporting Disasters - Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media (2013)

Dr. Shohini Chaudhuri, University of Essex. Author of Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship (2014)

For more information visit the Humanitarianism and Media Cultures conference website.