Face of Terror
Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetics (2016-2020)
Funded by: Research Council of Norway
The project pursues its aim of understanding terrorism from the perspective of critical media aesthetics by focusing on the face of terror -- a term that goes to the core of the communicative and mediated aspects of terrorism: The face is a primary site of contact with fellow human beings and a contested marker of identity, while in a broader sense it is also a cultural interface that distributes and redistributes visibility and power. Taking the mediated face as its entry-point, the project investigates the identity work that goes into terrorist acts as well as into the cultural responses to such acts.
The project focus primarily on visual media (film and photography) and investigates mediation of terrorism in news media, fiction film, documentary films, but also in literature and art. The terror attacks in Norway 2011 are central in our studies, as is 9/11 and recent terror attacks in Europe.