Contesting the Visualization of Gaza


15th Sep 2016    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

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Speaker by Anandi Ramamurthy  from  Sheffield Hallam University

During July‒August 2014 it is estimated that Israel dropped 18‒20,000 tons of explosives on Gaza, which led to the deaths of over 2,100 people, with homes, hospitals, schools and whole districts obliterated to rubble.

Was the mainstream media biased towards Israel? Did they present photographs of Palestinians as both political and social “other”? Anandi Ramamurthy will examine whether the BBC used photographs of “Operation Protective Edge” to support an Israeli PR agenda. She will also look at how Palestinians & their supporters used photographs on social media & at public demonstrations to challenge the corporate media’s control over the visual mediation of the bombing.

Anandi Ramamurthy is Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University. She has written extensively on “race”, imperialism and representation and is the author of Imperial Persuaders: Images of Africa and Asia in British Advertising and Black Star: Britain’s Asian  Youth Movements.