I continue to be astonished by contributions I’ve received, the candor and generosity with which people have shared their pandemic stories of losing and finding. I’m so grateful to the writers who allowed me to share their work again with a broader audience.
… the Collins Avenue Streamside Community has invited me to come and talk about Figuring Violence. I’m looking forward to chatting with this intentional community of peace activists and friends about how we might craft more substantive and thoughtful responses to militarism.
Thanks so much to Melissa Miles and Edward Welch for including my chapter, “Hospitable Looking: Towards a Different Way of Seeing the War in Syria,” in Photography and Its Publics. This chapter builds on the paper I presented (thanks for that invitation too!) at a symposium by the same name in Prato, Italy, a few years ago. In “Hospitable Looking,” I reflect on the pattern of optimism that global publics seem to evince about images from the war in Syria: the sense that each new photographic revelation of atrocity will be the one that finally compels an end to this conflict. Tracing the upwellings of this optimism, I explore the vexed, often solipsistic assumptions about spectatorial empathy that underpin it. Ultimately, I argue that this conflict requires a different visual ethics.