15-Min Flash Talk: Images Shaping Attitudes towards Migrants at Sea

Join us for a new episode of ODID Flash Talks: a new series where a speaker gets 15 minutes to present on their research, fieldwork, or work experience. 

One of the consequences of our ‘digital era’ is the reduction in communication through language, in favour of relying on the visual image to tell a story. Images travel effortlessly across linguistic, cultural and regional boundaries - but they do not always translate. Images go straight to emotions - but they bypass intellectual filters in many ways. It is becoming increasingly important to analyse the political work that images carry out. In this talk I would focus on images of ‘boat people’ or ‘boat refugees’. How do the images taken of ‘boat people’ – by governments, NGOs, journalists and migrants themselves – shape the way we react to them? This talk examines three ‘case study’ images to answer this question.

This talk is presented by Imogen Dobie, DPhil student in International Development

The short talk will be followed by a Q&A and socialising in the Hall.

All welcome to this free event. A light lunch is provided.

30 Jan
  • Imogen Dobie
ODID Special Lectures & Seminars
Oxford Department of International Development, Seminar Room 1, 3 Mansfield Road OX1 3TB