Images and representations of small states in world politics

Wednesday September 25 from 12:20-13:30 at the Nordic House.

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and the Institute of History at the University of Iceland.

The study of visual representations has become a vibrant research agenda in International Relations over the past decade. A central topic of concern is how states use visual means to represent their identity to the rest of the world. A related topic is how visual representations securitize national and other political identities, including religion and gender identities.

In this seminar, Lene Hansen, provides an overview of current Visual IR research with a particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges small states face. She draws attention to how international politics has been impacted by the ability of citizens to produce and circulate images, thus creating a diplomatic crises. She will also point to the particular methodology challenges that visual modes of representation produce, including how to study the way images ”speak”.

Lene Hansen, Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

Opening remarks by Samuël Kruizinga, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Military History, University of Amsterdam.

Panel discussions:

Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor of Political Science, University of Iceland.
Samuël Kruizinga, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Military History, University of Amsterdam.
Yolanda Rodríguez Péres, Associate Professor of European Literature, University of Amsterdam.

Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.