The Material Witness-Podcast-Susan Schuppli

Speaking Otherwise is a podcast series on the Contemporary, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). In this podcast, we speak to well-known scholars from the humanities and the social sciences on the critical questions of our times.

The Material Witness

In this episode, Ravi Sundaram speaks to Susan Schuppli about the themes raised by her recent book Material Witness, (MIT Press, 2020) on how media technologies have transformed the aesthetic and political questions around witnessing and testimony from being uniquely human to non-human entities and matter.

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Susan Schuppli is the Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Schuppli is a researcher and artist whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters and climate change, and deploys them in art practice and academic writing. Schuppli’s creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. She has published widely within the context of media and politics, and is the author of a new book, Material Witness (MIT Press, 2020).