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Leshu Torchin, the 2012-2013 CMU Humanities Center Senior Research Fellow

January 2013

Too Big To See: The Visual Culture of Economic Rights

How do films about the global economy contribute to the growing discourse of economic justice?

Leshu Torchin, the 2012-2013 Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center Senior Research Fellow, is currently researching how screen media portrays human right abuses in order to influence audiences. Torchin will give a talk on “Too Big To See: The Visual Culture of Economic Rights” on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Porter Hall 100. In the talk, she will argue that some films can be used to advance the otherwise marginalized set of economic, social and cultural rights that are a part of the Human Rights Charter.

The theme comes from Torchin’s most recent book, “Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide on Film, Video and the Internet.” In it, she broadly surveys media and social practices around it to investigate the development of popular understandings of genocide over the past century.

The introduction to the book has been published online – along with the blog post “Creating the Witness” – at the Re.Framing Activism blog:

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