We aim to articulate the dialogue between culture and politics; interrogating the who, why, and how of picturing others.
- Who does, and who should picture others?
- Why are others pictured in the ways that they are?
- How do pictures of others inform social and political landscapes?
- How is the convergence of text and image in the post-analogue era shaping the perception of social networks and of their others?
- Where does the other fit in the realm of the selfie ego-portrait?
We use the word ‘picturing’ in the broadest sense. This theme therefore embraces visual narratives such as film, photography, comics and fine art as well as the representation of others in text such as drama, poetry, life-writing, fiction, etc.
‘Picturing’ is intended to include the role played visual cultures, and their links to text, in mediating between others and in depicting them. ‘Others’ embraces the subjects of modern languages research as well as those who identify themselves as other to national, linguistic, and cultural contexts: migrants, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and those marginalised by sexual or gender identity, for example.
- Contemplate the questions of how pictures of others inform social and political landscapes.
- Facilitate events to inform attendees’ views on the convergence of text and image in the post-analogue era and its impact on shaping the perception of social networks.
- Discuss issues regarding those who do picture others and their right to do so.
- Consider the role played by translation and translators in mediating between others and in picturing them.
- Examine feelings of otherness in national, linguistic, and cultural contexts: migrants, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and those marginalised by sexual or gender identities, for example.