The Visual Politics Strategic Research Program invites you to a seminar with Dr Benjamin Moffitt. Benjamin is Senior Lecturer in Politics and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021) at the National School of Arts, ACU (Melbourne). Populism is arguably the political phenomenon of our time. But can we speak of a ‘visual politics of populism’? From Trump’s red ‘Make America Great Again’ caps to UKIP’s incendiary anti-migrant posters to Duterte’s use of viral memes, the visual is obviously key to populists’ appeal – but this dimension remains underexplored and untheorised. In this presentation, I outline my DECRA-funded book project on the topic, considering how populists use visual media to represent ‘the people’, why they use visual media in certain ways, and the potential effects of such visual practices.

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