Digital Forays and Global Uprising: Aesthetics of Digital Dissent

This event is a meeting point between both series below.

Digital Forays in Middle Eastern Studies // A year-long series 2020–2021:
This year-long series starts from a simple premise: What does it look like to think, engage, and do research in this digital age? This is not a call for researchers to simply produce digital outputs—but we live in an ever-increasingly digital world. In order to better activate our scholarship, and to grasp the terrain in which our research questions unfold, we must reimagine our methods, modes of collaboration, and how to participate in a quickly changing digital landscape. See full series overview.

Global Uprising // A year-long series 2020–2021:
Global Uprising is a year-long series that revolves around one question: how do we rethink collective action from our present? Taking the current anti-racist uprising in America and the tenth anniversary of the Arab revolts as launching points for a set of workshops this series delves into the global coordinates of uprising today. Read more about the series here.

Since the Arab Spring, protests and dissent have only become more audio-visually mediated with an instantaneity and ubiquity that is never merely “formal.” The mediation and the aesthetics are in many ways also the uprisings themselves. What types of imagery are being captured, circulated, and remade in these moments of conflict—and how do they travel from one site of conflict into others around the globe? What devices, channels of communication, and infrastructures allow and/or impede such exchanges? What sort of visual logics of dissent is emerging across the world through digital practices? How is it changing form—lending itself as material for memes, slogans, and graffiti—but all the while changing one’s view of participation, agency, and belonging? In this session, we consider the digital junctions of aesthetics and protest—mediated by a capture, circulation, and reconfiguration that spans the globe.

Join the Kevorkian Center with Amal Khalaf, An Xiao Mina, Rebecca Stein, and discussant Nicholas Mirzoeff on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues.

To register please follow the link: bit.ly/NYUKevo1029
**Event is free, but registration is required**

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt, London, and Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009.

An Xiao Mina was an affiliate researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a 2016 Knight Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, where she studied online language barriers and their impact on journalism.

Rebecca Stein is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession.  She is the author of Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the ways that social media has altered the Israeli relationship to its military occupation, in both state and civilian contexts;  Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (to name a few).

Discussant: Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual activist, working at the intersection of politics and global/digital visual culture.

Co-sponsored by NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, Global and Joint Program Studies, Grey Art Gallery, and DUKE-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be sent to kevorkian.center@nyu.edu by October 21, 2020. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests. A captioned version of this presentation will also be made available within a month to our Youtube page: cutt.ly/nfR8rtv

Starts 10/29/20 12:30 pm
Ends 10/29/20 2:00 pm
Participants Amal Khalaf, An Xiao Mina, Rebecca Stein, Nicholas Mirzoeff
Location Online - Zoom (Eastern Daylight Time)
Cost Free of charge


Program Types: Webinar