Sub-project 1: Emotion and Military Conflict
Research project 1 explores how governments negotiate the policy meaning of images depicting humans during military conflict. In contrast to work on the CNN-effect, our concern is with iconic images and whether there are different kinds of emotionality invoked when governments negotiate the security implications of images. Theoretically, this sub-project also explores classical political theory debates on the dangers that arise when politics become driven by emotional images and rhetoric. The cases we expect to cover include the pictures of Bosnian prisoners from 1992, Saddam Hussein’s capture, the charred contractors from Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, the dying Iranian activist Neda Agha-Soltan, the killing of Gaddafi at the end of the Libyan War, and President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching the hunt for Osama bin Laden from the White House Situation Room.