Sub-project 3: Images and Non-Military Threats
Research project 3 analyzes the use of images to support the social and political acceptance of new, non-military security threats. This project thus moves from traditional military and state-centric security to a wider security agenda. We focus on those new non-military threats which have been most widely suggested by politicians, the academic literature, and Western media: climate change, financial crisis, cyber insecurity, religion (Islamic terrorism), and gender-specific security problems. Connecting to the discussion of emotion in research project 1, we ask how different combinations of threats and images seek to activate different forms of audience response, for example pity, compassion, anger, or reflection.