April 21, 2016

Iconoclash

The panel series Iconoclash has been an enquiry into cultural and value systems connected with terrorism in the Middle East and the West. The project aims to better understand the cultural complexity and role of media in the rise of Islamic extremism, as well as the roles we all play. Extremists’ conquests of regions and cities, whereby they harm people, annihilate memory, remap geopolitics and impose apocalyptic imagery and narratives, universalizes their idea of order and submission. Their apocalyptic imagery and declamations are propagated through social media and have gained international attraction and relevance. To overcome the persisting threat requires more than military hardware. But what is actually needed to achieve lasting peace in this region of the world and with its inhabitants?

NYU Washington, DC hosted this final panel, which provided an overview of the lessons learned from over twenty years of interacting with Islamic fundamentalism. How do we bridge the gaps in trust and understanding? How do we build dialogue and cooperation on an equal level? What can the arts or other means of cultural interaction contribute to overcoming the bottleneck of dialogue? How can we successfully use social media for such ends?

This panel concluded the series Iconoclash 2015/2016, organized by EUNIC Washington DC in collaboration with the British Council and supported by the EU Delegation to the U.S.


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Courtney A. Beale

Courtney A. Beale

Wilfried Eckstein

Wilfried Eckstein

Ben O'Loughlin

Ben O'Loughlin

Paul Smith

Paul Smith