“The Right to Look: Technologies of Direct Democracy”
Nicholas Mirzoeff (Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University)
Date: February 21
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Co-Sponsored by IPRH and the Spurlock Museum. A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
About this event:
In this talk I will look at the analysis of visuality formed in my book The Right to Look and how it has informed my subsequent activism in the Occupy and Strike Debt movements. I question how we might imagine a countervisuality, write a history of the anonymous and create techniques of direct democracy with reference to critical theory, digital humanities and direct action.
About the speaker:
Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. His work is in the field of visual culture. He has been working on the genealogy of visuality, a term created to describe how Napoleonic era generals “visualized” a battlefield that they could not see. Applied to the social as a whole by Thomas Carlyle, visuality was a conservative strategy to oppose all emancipations and liberations in the name of the autocratic hero. His book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality was published by Duke University Press (2011). Professor Mirzoeff also produces texts and projects that support the general development of visual culture as a field of study and a methodology: The third Visual Culture Reader was published in 2012 by Routledge, the second fully revised edition of An Introduction to Visual Culture was published in 2009 by Routledge.
Professor Mirzoeff also works on militant research with the global social movements that have arisen since 2011, and has been working on a new project on the cultures of climate change in conjunction with the not-for-profit Islands First.