Lecture: 'Refugee Selfies and the Ethics of the Face'

Event Details

November 17, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: 3rd Floor Communication Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

Lilie Chouliaraki, professor of media and communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, speaks on "Selfies and the Ethics of the Face."

Drawing on the "Mediation of Migration" research project at the London School of Economics, which explored the coverage of the 2015 refugee crisis in European news, Chouliaraki looks into the complexities of the selfie as moral practice. In this talk, Chouliaraki will address the following questions: What does it mean for refugee selfies to circulate on Western media platforms? In which ways are their faces inserted in ‘our’ visual economies? How is their news value justified? And what role do these justifications play for Western media not only as news platforms but also as moral and political spaces? 

Her books include Discourse in Late ModernityThe Spectatorship of SufferingThe Soft Power of War and The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-humanitarianism, which was awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year in 2015 by the International Communication Association.

The lecture is part of the Mediating Care and Justice Seminar Series put on by Jonathan Corpus Ong, professor of communication, who has won an SBS Conference Grant for this event series.

The Mediating Care and Justice Seminar Series aims to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations on complex new forms of media harm, such as on digital inequalities, algorithmic injustice, and media manipulation. For details, contact jcong@umass.edu


The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.

Event Category

Lecture/Talk Communication