Online Book Launch

The Visual Memory of Protest

Edited by Ann Rigney and Thomas Smits

Online | September 21st from 16:00 – 17:00 (CET/Amsterdam time).

Social movements are not only remembered in personal experience, but also through cultural carriers that shape how later movements see themselves and are seen by others. The present collection zooms in on the role of photography in this memory-activism nexus. How do iconographic conventions shape images of protest? Why do some images keep movements in the public eye, while others are quickly forgotten? What role do images play in linking different protests, movements, and generations of activists? Have the affordances of digital media made it easier for activists to use images in their memory of politics, or has the digital production and massive online exchange of images made it harder to identify and remember a movement via a single powerful image? Bringing together experts in visual culture, cultural memory, social movements, and digital humanities, this collection presents new empirical, theoretical, and methodological insights into the visual memory of protest.

The event will have responses from Robert Hariman (Northwestern University) and Aidan McGarry (Loughborough University).

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Program: 16:00-17:00 (CET/Amsterdam time)

  • Welcome Ann Rigney and Thomas Smits
  • Response Robert Hariman
  • Response Aidan McGarry
  • Comments by contributors to the book and questions

An open-access PDF version of the book is available here