Figura présente, en collaboration avec le colloque international Imaginaires du présent. Photographie, politique et poétique de l'actualité, une conférence de MM. Robert Hariman, Northwestern University, et John Louis Lucaites, Indiana University, intitulée «Boots and Hands : Visual Tropes and Democratic Public Culture». Cette conférence est organisée dans le cadre de la série Speaking of Photography de l'Université Concordia.
Résumé de la conférence :
Photojournalism, broadly construed, is a mode of public art that schools us to "see" and to be "seen" as citizens. As such, it provides an iconography for how to "think" about political character, relationships, and events. This lecture explores the implications of such a political iconography by examining the somewhat odd penchant that photojournalists have for taking pictures that feature "feet" and "hands" (or some iteration of the same, such as shoes, boots, gloves, prostheses, etc.) either exclusively or primarily.
Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites are the authors of No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy - a book and a blog (www.nocaptionneeded.com), each dedicated to discussion of the role that photojournalism and other visual practices play in a vital democratic society. Robert Hariman is professor in the program of rhetoric and public culture, department of communication studies at Northwestern University, and is the author of Political Style: The Artistry of Power. John Louis Lucaites is professor of rhetoric and public culture in the department of communication and culture at Indiana University and an adjunct professor of American studies. He is co-author of Crafting Equality: America's Anglo-African World.