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Representing Islam: Empires, Ideologies and Rhetorics

Tom Hickey will discuss representations of Islam in response to 'Retake', a video installation by Egyptian artist Maha Maamoun

Tom Hickey discusses representation and misrepresentation.

Representing Islam

In imagery, as much as in language and in theory, Islam and its followers are patronised or demonised in equal measure as forms of explanation and justification for the unjustifiable. The consequences range from erosion of civil liberties, through xenophobic attacks on immigration and asylum, to wars and other imperial adventures. The caricatures of Muslims, of Immams, and of the belief system itself, are weapons in this project.

Is there a method for subverting the semiological content of this imagery? What role can representation play in the struggle against misrepresentation?

Tom Hickey is Principal Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Brighton.


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Date and Time:

14 October 2004 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



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