Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet
Virtual Book Launch and Discussion
Book Launch of Aaron Tugendhaft's new book, The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet (Chicago UP, 2020) with virtual roundtable.
7:30pm CET, Berlin /12.30pm CT, Chicago
The book unpacks the aftermath of a video that was released by the Islamic State in 2015, showing ISIS members smashing ancient sculptures in Iraq’s Mosul Museum in an effort to cleanse the world of Idolatry. Analyzing the role of images in our life, the political importance of museums, and the efficacy of videos in furthering an ideological agenda through the internet, Tugendhaft asks whether there can be any political life without idolatry at all.
Discussion with Ewa Atanassow (BCB), BCB alumni David Kretz (University of Chicago) and Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, University of Chicago). Moderated by David Hayes (BCB).
Jointly organized by Bard College Berlin and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
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