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How to See the World: A Discussion with Nick Mirzoeff

March 28th, 2016
12:00 PM


Monday, March 28, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 pm.

Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.

This conversation, moderated by Duke professor Negar Mottahedeh, will cover Mirzoeff’s new book How To See The World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, And More (Basic Books, 2016). We will discuss how he outlines a change from visual culture to visual activism in the light of a much changed world since 2008: young, urban, networked and hot. The discussion will range over Mirzoeff’s own participation in activism from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and how his work covers a span from interpretive to digital humanities and the visual arts.

Storify found here: #howtoseetheworld 

Nick Mirzoeff

New York University

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.  He is one of the founders of the academic discipline of visual culture in books like An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999/2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (1998/2002/2012).  He is currently Deputy Director of the International Association for Visual Culture and organized its first conference in 2012.  Since 2013, he has been Visiting Professor of Visual Culture at Middlesex University, London.  His book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013.  In 2012, he undertook a durational writing project called Occupy 2012. Every day, he posted online about the Occupy movement and its implications.  Open source anthologies of the project are available.  In 2014, he launched After Occupy: What We Learned, an open writing project on the lessons of the social movement.  In 2015 his most recent book How To See The World was published by Pelican in the UK.  Currenty, he is working on a project entitled The Visual Commons #BlackLivesMatter. It looks at the formations of the visual commons from the Haitian Revolution, via Reconstruction and 1968 to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Negar Mottahedeh

Duke University

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University, a cultural critic, and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema (Duke University Press, 2008) and Representing the Unpresentable: Historical Images of National Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran (Syracuse University Press, 2007) Her book #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. on the transformation of online life in response to an unwavering global solidarity around a hashtag. She tweets as @negaratduke.