Globalization, Aid, Communication: The Rise and Fall of ‘Poverty Porn’? (Round Table)

The stories we are told through humanitarian organizations and the media have enormous effect on our understanding of the outside world. During the last decade, an increasing variety of voices have been criticising and challenging the use of stereotypical images of the Global South. The well-used concept of ‘poverty porn’ – exploiting and objectifying the suffering of human beings for financial gain – is widely rebuked as a tool merely creating apathy rather than action. In the era of social media and information overload, non-profits are also acknowledging the need for a shift in communication methods.

In this session, we are moving beyond the ‘single story’: Can innovative tools open the space for dialogue and change? With globalization processes and multiple communication platforms, as well as more focus on solutions instead of pity, are we now moving further away from the one-dimensional presentation of the Global South? Or are we not?

With the focus on visual examples through images and short film, the session will include short talks by renowned and creative practitioners on how they work to challenge our perceptions and the stereotypical portrayal of people in the Global South. This is followed by a conversation on the topic, opening for remarks from the audience.

Organisers:
SAIH – Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond
The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund