Images, Ethics, Technology

Scholars Program 2012 Symposium
30 Nov 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109/Forum
Invitees Only

About this year’s symposium:  

Images matter.  What we see, and how we make sense of it, matters.  There are ethical stakes to, and considerations around, the deployment of images in a variety of domains. 

This symposium pays attention to the non-transparent nature of images and the complicated ethical issues raised by their use as illustration, as evidence, as product, as creative endeavor.  We ask questions around the interplay between technology, media, apparatus and image, what about that interplay has changed and what has stayed constant in the digital era.  We think carefully about manipulation and the ways in which its possibilities have obscured always already present problems of meaning and mechanical objectivity.  We explore the nature of image consumption and effects from a variety of disciplinary approaches, thinking together about how to make sense of images and when they should and should not be used.  

Images, Ethics, Technology runs across four panels and is being directed by Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication, and hosted by Barbie Zelizer, Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication. The program goes from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception.  


9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m          Coffee and Breakfast   
9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m        Welcome and Introductory Remarks Michael X. Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean Barbie Zelizer, Director of the Scholars Program Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m      Transitional Collections - Larry Gross, Marita Sturken, Doctoral Student Moderator: Kevin Gotkin                
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m      Refreshments  
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m      Manipulating Iconicity - Lisa Cartwright, Orit Halpern, Pavel Maria Smejkal, Doctoral Student Moderator: Nicholas Gilewicz  
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m        Lunch  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m          Constructing Authenticity - Jennifer Tucker, Roderick Coover, Doctoral Student Moderator: Alexandra Sastre  
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m          Refreshments  
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m          Witnessing Interventions - Kelly Gates, Constance Penley, Carrie Rentschler, Doctoral Student Moderator: Nora Draper  
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m          Conclusion - Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication  
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m          Reception  

RSVP REQUIRED! Please email your RSVP to Emily Plowman by November 28.