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November 14 RIPS: Documenting the 'killing fields' of Sri Lanka: Atrocity images and the politics of habeas corpus extremis

Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS) hosted by the Department of Political Science presents, Dr. Narendran Kumarakulasingam, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. Tuesday, November 14 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 709

Nov 13, 2017

How and why do global organizations and activists image mass violence by way of the dead and imperiled body? This talk explores these questions by studying the ways in which the end of the Sri Lankan war was visually constituted as a massive atrocity event in a set of award-winning investigative documentaries. Focusing on the curative strategies deployed within the documentaries, and mapping them within a larger history of humanitarian imagery, I examine the codes, techniques and geopolitical investments that underwrite the fascination with the ‘corpus extremis.’

Dr. Narendran Kumarakulasingam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (2014-2017); an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (2015-2018); and an Associate Editor of Journal of Narrative Politics. Prior to his relocation to Ontario, he was Assistant Professor at American University.

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: KTH 709