Imperial Arrangements: South African Apartheid and the Force of Photography
Kimberly Juanita Brown, MIT MLK Visiting Assistant Professor 2017-2018 in Women’s & Gender Studies and by Literature, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, May 10,2018
MIT Building 56, Room 114
Sponsored by the MIT Comparative Media/Writing Program
This talk by Kimberly Juanita Brown will consider the prominence of graphic photographic images during the decades of apartheid in South Africa. Specifically, she is interested in an archive of indifference that permeates the era and orchestrates the viewer’s relationship to black subjectivity. For the talk she will focus on US news media coverage of apartheid in the last year of its existence, and the images that anchored viewers’ interpretation of the event.