A conversation between visual anthropologist and art historian Julia Tulke and media scholar Leah Shafer about how public art practices and collectives intersect with cities in crisis such as Athens, Berlin, and more.

Julia Tulke's work bookends with the 2008 economic crisis and the 2020 COVID pandemic. Her innovative work intertwines exploration of a polyphony of new visual forms in public spaces with critical analysis. Her research and writing are far ranging, looking at artist-run spaces, street art and graffiti, austerity urbanism, creative placemaking, and queer and feminist protest.


Julia Tulke, University of Rochester and Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Leah Shafer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Join the Conversation!

The Visual Politics of Crisis conversation
with Julia Tulke and Leah Shafer
Thursday, March 23, from 7-8 p.m. EST on Zoom. 

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This event is cosponsored by Conversations Across Screen Cultures, a programming group comprised of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Ithaca College film, media, and visual culture scholars.

Speakers' Bios


Julia Tulke (she/they) is a PhD candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester and adjunct professor in Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her research interrogates the politics of space, focusing on crisis cities as sites of political intervention. For a decade, her research and writing on political street art and graffiti, artist-run spaces, feminist and queer protest, and the cultural politics of ruination has focused on the Greek capital Athens. She specializes in visual ethnography and documentary photography. The International Visual Sociological Association recognized her work with the 2022 Prosser Award for Visual Methodology.


Leah Shafer is Associate Professor and Chair of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She also serves as Associate Producer and Associate Programmer of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She has published widely on television, advertising, new media, and media literacy and pedagogy in Routledge Handbook of Medicine and Media, Editor, Refocus: The Films of John Hughes, Feminist Interventions in Digital Pedagogy, Film Criticism, Teaching Media Quarterly, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to War Films, Cinema Journal, and On Media Res. She is a regular contributor to The Edge.