F&S Debbie Lisle

Imageandpeace.com warmly welcomes Debbie Lisle among our Friends and Supporters.

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Debbie Lisle is a professor in politics and international relations at Queen’s University Belfast.

Debbie’s research engages with a number of contemporary debates in International Relations, International Political Sociology and beyond, most notably around issues of difference, mobility, security, travel, visuality, governmentality, biopolitics, materiality, technology, practice and power.

Her earlier work explores the relevance of cultural and visual artifacts (e.g. contemporary travel writing, museum exhibits, photographs, art, war films) to world politics, and argues that the cultural realm tells as much about International Relations as the official documents usually privileged in this context.

Debbie is interested in how war is represented across visual and cultural realms. Her recent work has examined the encounters that tourists have in sites of war, war exhibitions and war museums, and she is currently involved in museum efforts to think critically and creatively about how to represent the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

More recently, Debbie has become interested in how visualities of war operate at the more-than-representational register, for example, how visual technologies are productive of war and conflict (e.g. drones, surveillance, governmentality). 

F&S David Shim

Imageandpeace.com warmly welcomes David Shim among our Friends and Supporters.

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Dr. David Shim is Senior Lecturer and Master Program Coordinator at the Department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen and visiting researcher at the Chair of International Politics and Conflict Studies of the Bundeswehr University Munich.

David is interested in the visual and spatial dimension of global politics and works at the intersection of International Relations, Geography and Area Studies.

David’s work on different visual media—comicsfilmphotographysatellite imagery—has contributed to the study of visual politics in the field of International Relations. He has translated some of his research activities into teaching practice on his blog Visual Global Politics.

His work appeared in International Political Sociology, International Studies Review, Geoforum, Global Discourse, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Asian Perspective and Review of International Studies. His book Visual Politics and North Korea is available at Routledge.

David is also a member of the editorial board of the Korea Journal


Website launch: Exploring the link between visual culture and peace

We are proud to announce the launch of the new website imageandpeace.com. The website is designed as a hub for researchers, artists, and everyone interested in the role of visual culture in peace, peace processes and mediation.

This website will be the main online outlet for our project Peace Videography, funded by Kone Foundation.

As part of Peace Videography, we regularly invite young visual artists to create an image of peace, to be shown on this website.

Following the publication of these peace images, we will encourage the website’s visitors to interact with these artworks by looking at them, changing them, and resubmitting them.

In addition, we will ask notable scholars/practitioners in visual peace research to submit commentaries, essays, images, and blog posts in order to establish dialogue on the visualization of peace.

Last but not least, we will share information on events, exhibitions, and literature on the visual dimensions of peace on imageandpeace.com.

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Trevor Paglen, Bloom (Pace Gallery, London)

Trevor Paglen is among the most creative visual artists today when it comes to engagements with the most important – and disturbing – trends in image making, technology and society. His new exhibition, Bloom, is about artificial intelligence, facial recognition software and algorithms but, in contrast to earlier exhibitions, it is also about remoteness and presence – “dislocatedness” – in a time of crisis. The exhibition shows digitally altered high-resolution photographs of flowers and plants in bloom as a “reminder of the fragility of life.”

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