The Royal Anthropological Institute 2018 Photographic Studies Prize
LONDON, UK, 21 Sept – The Royal Anthropological Institute presented the 2018 Photographic Studies Prize to Dr Karen Strassler at the institute, Friday 21 September.
Dr Karen Strassler delivering her talk
Focusing on political images in Indonesia, this talk ‘The Eventfullness of Images’ presented an argument for thinking of images as events rather than objects, representations, or social agents. The “image-event” offers analytic purchase on the political work of images by attending to their processual qualities as they move, mutate, and proliferate within contemporary, complexly mediated public spheres.
Karen Strassler is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research has focused on photography, mediation, memory, and politics in contemporary Indonesia.She is the author of Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java (Duke UP 2010) and Demanding Images: Transparency and Mediation in a Democratizing Public Sphere (Duke UP, forthcoming).