This collection considers how digital images and social media reconfigure the way conflicts are played out, represented and perceived around the globe.

Devoted to developing original theoretical frameworks and empirical insights, the volume addresses the role of user images and social media in relation to urgent subjects such as public opinion and emotion, solidarity, evidence and verification, censorship and fake news, which are all central to the ways current conflicts are represented and unfold. Essays include a unique range of case studies from different regional and political contexts (Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America) and in connection with different conflict types (war, terror, riots, everyday resistance, etc.). They also consider performative genres such as memes, selfies and appropriations as well as images conforming to the realism and authenticity of conventional photojournalism. In this way, the collection responds to the challenges of swiftly evolving image genres as well as to the continually shifting policies and algorithms of commercial digital platforms.

Together, the essays offer innovative theories and exemplary case studies as a resource for teaching and research in media, journalism and communication programmes. It is also relevant to students, teachers and researchers within sociology, political science, anthropology and related fields.

chapter |15 pages


Social Media Images and Conflicts: Power, Proximity and Performativity
ByMette Mortensen, Ally McCrow-Young

chapter 1|17 pages

Relational Labour or Digital Resistance

Social Media Practices of Non-Western Women Photographers
BySaumava Mitra, Brenda Witherspoon

chapter 2|14 pages

The Unfolding of a Proxy Profession

Evidence, Verification and Human Dignity on Social Media
BySandra Ristovska

chapter 3|16 pages

Incendiary Images

Visual Reportage of Syria's Civil War
ByStuart Allan

chapter 4|15 pages

Social Media Icons

Evidence and Emotion
ByMette Mortensen

chapter 5|14 pages

Embodied Protests on Social Media

The Visual Political Discourses of Vulnerability and Endurance in the Cases of “Hands Up, Don't Shoot” and #IRunWithMaud
ByBolette B. Blaagaard

chapter 6|15 pages

Image Censorship on Chinese Social Media

Image Deletion on Weibo during the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
ByJun Liu

chapter 7|15 pages


Ritual Solidarity, Redirected Grief and Fan Commemoration on Instagram after the Manchester Arena Attack
ByAlly McCrow-Young

chapter 8|12 pages

Seeing Images from Conflict through Computer Vision

Technology, Epistemology and Humans
ByChristina Neumayer, Luca Rossi