Representing the Other and the Tactics of Visual Alterity

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Convenor of conference panel at the annual NECS Conference.

This panel seeks to make a contribution to the conference strand 'Self-performance: strategy, tactics, engagement' and approaches this theme from critical and practice-led perspectives. In The Practice of Everyday Life (1988), Michel de Certeau proposes that strategies are invariably linked to a position of power, whereas 'the space of a tactic is the space of the other…and the art of the weak'. Thus, the representations and self-representations of Otherness in the contemporary globalised media landscape, which the panellists will examine, reflect how the mobile and opportunistic tactics of visual alterity negotiate hegemonic discourses of cultural difference. Two of the papers explore how popular genre films, world cinema and experimental films deploy visual alterity as a tactic to engage local and global audiences by eliciting compassion, desire and other affective responses. They embed the discussion of cinematic encounters with cultural difference in wider theoretical debates, such as transnationalism, hospitality, auto-ethnography, exoticism and nostalgia. The other two panellists offer accounts of how community-based filmmaking projects they initiated and which involved Roma people in Turkey and marginalised communities in India, Brazil and South Africa can be seen as 'soft power' tactics that challenge hegemonic national discourses and that, ultimately, serve as instruments of political advocacy.
Period27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
Event typeOther