Media Events: the portrayal of Conflicts, Wars and Disasters:

Bas Agterberg




Assigned to session

0.05 Showroom, 28-09-2023, 15:15 - 16:30


History, theory, ethics


The assassination of JFK in 1963, the fatal accident of Lady Di in 1997 and 9/11 in 2001 are part of our collective memory. Many international and nation disasters are shared histories, not because people were present on location at the specific moment. The media coverage of the disaster and images circulating in the aftermath are crucial for our memories of events. In the past 50 years media changed enormously, not only technologically, but also its social function. This breakout session will look at the increasing mediatization of crises. The functions of media representation of disasters in the past 50 years are discussed by looking at specific examples of the preserved media in the archive of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision


Bas Agterberg