Visual culture/Cinema/New Media
This cluster focuses on the study of the elements that demonstrate the pervasiveness of visual colonialism from a European perspective –in its postcolonial and neocolonial versions– re–examining photography, film and the new media.
The increasing proliferation of images in our culture has brought about more and more diverse forms of conjunction between discursive and visual modes, and created new forms of collective and individual spectatorship. This section also involves an analysis of the status and influence of visual technologies on hegemonic discourses and praxes in order to expose the power structures behind the politics of seeing.
Is the hypervisuality of globalization destructive or constructive in its social impact? Approaching the global via the local offers the possibility of a different viewing that includes a postcolonial and ethnic perspective as a means to reinterpret social reality.
Globalization, diaspora and transnationalism, pressing realities in the new Europe, are embedded in a culture that is eminently visual and technological. From our stance, we aim at exploring the ambivalences, interstices and places of resistance in our societies, grounded in the experiences of the aftermath of Empire and in our current hybrid realities. Ours is a perspective of (post)national identities-in-the-making that aims at examining the role and place of the subject in the political reordering of the image.