Representing Atrocity: distant suffering and the politics of pity
Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Stjepan Mestrovic, Dr Irene Bruna Seu
Chair: Dr Claire Moon
Recorded on 16 February 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
Humanitarian campaigns create a 'politics of pity' that transforms the way we think about our moral responsibility for distant suffering. What is the impact on the relationship between knowing and acting? Lilie Chouliaraki is professor of media and communications at LSE. Stjepan Mestrovic is professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. Irene Bruna Seu is senior lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.