This presentation examines the public displays of violence perpetuated by the militant group known as the Islamic State. The group’s rapid rise to infamy was aided by its ability to exploit the contemporary media environment, rendering its retributive justice and bloody triumph excessively visible to audiences far from the actual battlefield. Through slick high-definition videos showing beheadings, burnings, and other atrocities, the Islamic State has continuously attracted international attention and spurred vehement reactions. Are these displays of physical violence against individual human bodies a particular political technique and power strategy?

About Visual Politics Seminar Series

Listed below are the past and upcoming sessions of the Visual Poltics Seminar Series. Beginning from September 2016, the majority of seminars can be heard on the UQ POLSIS YouTube channel. If you would like more details, have any questions, or if you would like to present your own work please contact Prof Roland Bleiker at