The conference on visual culture and the legitimation of military interventions seeks to address the complex relations between images, media, war and politics. While some disciplines - in particular the history of art, media studies and visual culture - take images quite seriously, the political and historical sciences are a latecomer to this debate. In recent years, scholars in International Relations (IR) and History have increasingly focused on the relation between international politics and the media. The notion of a CNN-effect , i.e. upsetting media representations pushing hesitant policy-makers towards a military intervention, has been widely used and directs our attention to the powerful relation between visual culture(s) and the legitimation of military interventions in Western democracies. A dialogue between different disciplines, conceptual approaches and methodologies is necessary in order to shed some new light on the changing relationship between images, media and war.
The conference is sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.