Media cluster seminar – Mark R. Westmoreland
Plats: Socialantropologiska institutionen, B600
Mark R. Westmoreland, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Section for Journalism, Media and Communication, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University
Out in the Streets: Protest Images and Political Enactment in Cairo
This paper explores the “street” as a concept in Egyptian activist videos. Activist filmmakers have criticized both those “capitalizing on the revolution” and the prevailing myopic view of political discontents in Egypt. Nevertheless, as a member of the Mosireen media collective, who actively documented the various protests and their violent suppression, Philip Rizk unflinchingly identifies his cause with “The street” – that is, the disenfranchised people “with enough of a cause to put their life at risk.” Rizk sees his filming as a way to participate on the frontlines of resistance against neocolonialism. As such, resistance by recording as a mode of political enactment combines the way a handheld camera radically realigns the body according to corporeal processes of looking and being with the possibility of risk-taking activist documentary to animate the body politic. And yet, as the street has become reified in both representational and political frameworks, activists look to engage it in new ways.
27 april 2015
Webbredaktör: Lina Lorentz
Sidansvarig: Socialantropologiska institutionen