Images in global politics: From visualizing war to imaging peace

Special Conflict & Peace seminar
Dr Sayra van den Berg
Tuesday 30 May 2023, 13:00 - 14:00
Spoken Language
Room 4.39
International Institute of Social Studies
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Images in global politics - Sayra van den Berg

Why is peace invisible when images of war surround us?

In this seminar, Dr Sayra van den Berg expands our visual vocabularies beyond only photographs towards the representational, political and methodological value of a broader category of images to address this question.

In today’s visual age images uniquely shape both our perceptions of global politics and act as political forces that themselves shape global politics. In this seminar we will learn about why images matter, what they do and how we can use them to understand and influence contemporary war and peace.

Drawing on diverse examples of imagery and using her own current research on visual peacebuilding in South Sudan, this seminar explores the political dimensions of how images represent war and peace to us, how images act as political forces in shaping war and peace and introduces three approaches to how we can use images as research method to (co)produce knowledge about peace.


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