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Image Operations: Visual media and political conflict

Jens Eder and Charlotte Klonk


Still and moving images are crucial factors in contemporary political conflicts. They not only have representational, expressive or illustrative functions, but also augment and create significant events. Beyond altering states of mind, they affect bodies, and often life or death is at stake. Various forms of image operations are currently performed in the contexts of war, insurgency and activism. Photographs, videos, interactive simulations and other kinds of images steer drones to their targets, train soldiers, terrorise the public, celebrate protest icons, uncover injustices, or call for hel ... More

Keywords: Image operations, Political conflict, Visual media, Visual Culture, Activism, Warfare, Terrorism, Insurgency, Military

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781526107213
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526107213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Eder, editor
University of Mannheim

Charlotte Klonk, editor
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Jens Eder and Charlotte Klonk

Part I Using images: metaphors, processes, affects

2 Worldmaking frame by frame

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Part II Images in warfare, insurgency and counterinsurgency

9 Images of terror

Charlotte Klonk

Part III Image activism and political movements


James Elkins

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