Admission Price: Free to attend, all welcome
Speaker: Professor Alison Young - School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Discussions of images reveal uncertainty as to the meaning and effect of cultural representations. Some debates are normative: what use should be made of images, and what content or form an image should take. Other discussions focus upon images as crimes in themselves: in some contexts, the production of an image can constitute a criminal offence. And anxieties relate to whether some images should not circulate in popular culture and in the public domain, raising questions as to whether there is a limit to what we should imagine.
This lecture will draw on Alison's recent research concerning debates about law and the image, and with our unresolved anxieties about how we look at images of crime. It will focus on 3 case studies displaying deep-seated uncertainties as to how to construct legal boundaries for the image: first, the social and legal responses to illicit street art; second, recent proposals in Victoria as to the need for a specific offence of 'sexting'; and finally, the cultural after-life of forensic images of crime.
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6.30pm - 7.30pmTuesday 18th February 2014