2022 Livingston Lecture - Warfare from Cave Walls to Instagram

October 20

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Sturm Hall, Room 281, Lindsay Auditorium

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

John C. Livingston Lecture in World History from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Warfare from Cave Walls to Instagram: How Authoritarian States and Extremists Weaponize Visuals 

Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Lecture: 6:15 p.m.

Although visuals have been part of political messaging for thousands of years, their use now is ever more crucial to identity-building, persuasion, and manipulation thanks to a networked society that is cluttered by trillions of videos, photographs, and infographics. With the competition over eyeballs intensifying in the digital environment, both nation states and extremist actors have developed their messaging strategies to effectively reach and mobilize transnational audiences. In this lecture, Professor Kareem El Damanhoury, PhD, will trace the evolution of “propaganda” from ancient times to modern day Instagram feeds, highlight ISIS as an exemplar of extremist actors who have managed to build alternative, visually dominant media systems, and present China as a case study for authoritarian states expanding their targeted communication globally to promote their ideologies and undermine their rivals. RSVP today through the DU Homecoming website.