Recording Angels: Witnessing Trauma at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, and Empire

  • When: March 31, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Where: 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Performance Studies Studio
  • Summary: An interdisciplinary panel conversation on the challenges of working with trauma and representing trauma in the contemporary media landscape, in a context where religious stakes can be high.
  • Details:

    “Recording Angels” is an interdisciplinary conversation about the ethics and challenges of working with trauma and representing trauma for broader audiences. Drawing on the image of Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History – witness to unending catastrophe, unable to ever look away – and troping on the many valences of “angel” as a “messenger” or “one who reports,” this panel brings together academic, therapeutic, and journalistic perspectives to explore difficult questions about testimony, authority, victimhood, complicity, and vulnerability in the contemporary media landscape. What authorizes, credentializes, or otherwise justifies telling the story of another individual’s suffering? Who can speak for whom – particularly across categories of gender, race, religion, and nationality? What responsibilities, risks, and rewards come with such work? How does religion inform this work for the people who undertake it?

    Panelists: JADE E. DAVIS (Digital Learning Projects at LaGuardia Community College), ERIC FAIR (author of Consequence: A Memoir), and LIAT KATZ (Montgomery MD County Adult Protective Services), moderated by PATRICK BLANCHFIELD (Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow, CRM ). Full bios available here.

    This event is made possible by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs

    Co-sponsors: Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Religious Studies