Visualizing Conflict

Visualizing Conflict

Examining the experience in Egypt of using images to fight for social justice, we talk to Aida El Kashef, co-founder of the Cairo-based, independent media collective Mosireen. Through her experience as an activist and a journalist, we learn about the important role of journalism in creating and affecting change in authoritarian environments. We also speak with Nagieb Khaja, who has been able to report on Islamist movements in Afghanistan and Syria and we dive deep into the world of visualizing conflict through the battle for “truth” as Nagieb narrates for us the importance of images by international journalists.

In this podcast, we look at the importance of images in conflict zones and how news organizations work with images from social media, international and local journalists. We speak to the program editor for Channel 4 news who produced the award winning series of reports ’Inside Aleppo’, Federico Escher, on how news organisations respond practically and policy-wise to the broad production of images. We also speak to Nina Grønlykke Mollerup, a postdoc at the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen, on relationship between local Syrian photographers, NGOs and international news organisations. We also hear from Zeynep Devrim Gursel, who is a media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the department of Anthropology at Rutgers University and has authored a book about visualizing news in the digital age, about how the digital revolution has changed journalists and consumers.

This show also speaks with Sara Creta, visual journalist and research fellow at the Institute of Future Media and Journalism at Dublin City University and Nicholas Mirzoeff who is a writer, visual activist and Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, working at the intersection of politics, race and global/visual culture, about why visibility matters and how the images influence the conflict.

This podcast was produced by Sowt Podcasting for International Media Support (IMS) in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen.

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