According to anti-fascist cultural critic Walter Benjamin, people's ideas and actions are often shaped and amplified by images. How, then, should radicals intervene in the image field?
In this workshop facilitated by AK Thompson (author of Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt), participants will learn to decipher an image's social resonance while devising strategic responses capable of clarifying political aims and activating constituencies. Through an engagement with case studies, theoretical analyses, and practical activities, we will develop an effective image activism repertoire.
AK Thompson got kicked out of high school for publishing an underground newspaper called The Agitator and has been an activist and social theorist ever since. Currently a Professor of Social Movements and Social Change at Ithaca College, his publications include Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research (2006), Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010), Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016), Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (2017), and, most recently, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt (2018), Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the Editorial Committee of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.