Join us for a discussion of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (Duke University Press) by Pooja Rangan (Assistant Professor of English in Film and Media Studies, Amherst College).
Endangered life is often used to justify humanitarian media intervention, but what if suffering humanity is both the fuel and outcome of such media representations? Pooja Rangan argues that this vicious circle is the result of immediation, a prevailing documentary ethos that seeks to render human suffering urgent and immediate at all costs. Rangan interrogates this ethos in films seeking to “give a voice to the voiceless,” an established method of validating the humanity of marginalized subjects, including children, refugees, autistics, and animals.
Discussants: Jennifer Bajorek (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Hampshire College), Amy Cox Hall (Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College), Jina Kim (Mount Holyoke Fellow/Visiting Lecturer in Critical Social Thought and Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College) and Bernadine Mellis (Five College Senior Lecturer in Film & Video Production)