Inaugural Professorial Lecture Lene Hansen: Visual Securitization - Taking the Copenhagen School from the Word to the Image

The Muhammad Cartoons, Abu Ghraib, the hanging of Saddam Hussein – images are essential to 21st century security politics. They have instant, global circulation; they are produced by non-traditional media actors such as soldiers, political activists, artists, and ordinary citizens; and they provoke us to respond. But images do not come with a simple recipe for action: they do not tell us exactly what needs to be done and governments must therefore negotiate what they mean and what their political consequences should be. This lecture lays out the challenges that images pose for security studies and suggests how we might theorize them.

Lene Hansen has been appointed as Full Professor in International Relations in the Department of Political Science. She is the author of numerous articles and books on security and international relations including Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War (Routledge, 2006) and The Evolution of International Security Studies (co-authored with Barry Buzan, Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is an editor of European Journal of International Relations and Director of the Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Practical information

The inaugural lecture will take place Thursday April 29, 2010, 14.00. Reception at 15.00.

Frokoststuen, room 4.2.26. Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1353 Copenhagen K.