Humanities and Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Anna Marazuela Kim
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
About the Lecture
The tragic events at Charlie Hebdo are a reminder of the continuing force of images in contemporary culture. Far from an isolated incident, tensions surrounding portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad continue to resonate and escalate, threatening further polarization and violence. Media responses to the crisis have framed this as a clash between “Western” and “Islamic” values – freedom of speech versus religious extremism – with the assumption of an arcane view of pictorial representation at its basis. This lecture aims to shift the terms of the debate by giving a longer view of the relation of images to violence. Drawing upon historic examples, ontologies and anthropologies of the image, I engage the image wars of the past as a means to leverage a more nuanced understanding of their operation in the present, articulating confluences between East and West to open a space for dialogue.
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Organized by the ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies, and co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of Film and Media Studies.