Middle East Studies

“Violence, Terror, and the Image”

Friday, September 25, 2015

9:30am – 5:30pm

This symposium will address the question of the power of images over thought in the context of recent concerns over terrorism, and the challenge it poses for criticism and critique. Is there an aesthetics of terror? How is satire implicated in the politics of the spectacle? And what is the relationship between theological traditions of iconoclasm and secular commitments to think outside the sphere of recycled images?

Speakers Sadia Abbas, Rutgers University; Ariella Azoulay, Brown University; Faisal Devji, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; Rosalind Morris, Columbia University; Bruce Robbins, Columbia University; and David Wills, Brown University. Beshara Doumani will moderate.

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