Demanding Images: Democracy, Mediation, and the Image-Event in Indonesia

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The end of authoritarian rule in 1998 ushered in an exhilarating but unsettled period of democratization in Indonesia. A more open political climate converged with a rapidly changing media landscape, yielding a vibrant and volatile public sphere within which Indonesians grappled with the possibilities and limits of democracy amid entrenched corruption, state violence, and rising forms of intolerance. In this presentation about her new book, Karen Strassler will discuss her theoretical approach to image-events as political processes in which publicly circulating images become the material ground of struggles over the nation's past, present, and future. Considering photographs, posters, contemporary art, graffiti, selfies, memes, and other visual media, the book argues that people increasingly engage with politics through acts of making, circulating, manipulating, and scrutinizing images.

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, Hilary 2022

Online on Teams (the link is above)

Fridays, 12pm-1.30pm (Weeks 1-8)

Convened by Chihab El Khachab and Christopher Moreton