Images of violence
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How can resistance and conflict be represented without resorting to familiar images of violence? Such images are often used by news groups reporting on crises and by others to propagandise. Dr Lina Khatib leads this discussion with Dr Zahera Harb and Dr Brad Evans.
Dr Lina Khatib is head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. She has published widely on topics surrounding the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups and security, political transitions, and foreign policy, with special attention to the Syrian conflict. She is also a research associate at SOAS, was a senior research associate at the Arab Reform Initiative and lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Dr Zahera Harb is senior lecturer in International Journalism. Her recent publications include an edited volume titled Reporting the Middle East, Practice of News in the 21st Century (IB Tauris 2017) and an edited collection with Dina Matar titled narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication practices in Palestine and Lebanon (IB Tauris 2013) and a monograph titled Channels of Resistance: Liberation propaganda Hezbollah and the Media (I.B. Tauris, 2011). She is associate editor of Journalism Practice.
Dr Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer whose work specialises on the problem of violence. Author of over ten books, he serves as a Reader in Political Violence at the School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies, the University of Bristol, UK and is currently working on a number of book projects, including Violence (with Natasha Lennard, Citylights, 2018) and Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity (Columbia University Press, 2019).
Image from Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle by Lina Khatib (2013)