Lilie Chouliaraki. Photo by: Martin Åkerblom.
Lilie Chouliaraki. Photo: Martin Åkerblom.

In the lecture, Lilie Chouliaraki addressed two central questions: What are the conditions of possibility for solidarity with others in the context of the rise of digital media? And, how does the discipline of media and communication studies approach this matter in comparison to moral philosophy or international development?

Starting from what she called a "minimum conceptual definition" of solidarity, understood as the moral imperative to act for others without asking back, Chouliaraki resorted to examples from her award-winning book "The Ironic Spectator" to illustrate changes in the ways in which the humanitarian sector has appealed for the solidarity of audiences over time.

According to her analysis, the sector's most recent response to the problem of how to appeal for solidarity in the context of compassion fatigue combines celebrities and digital media. Chouliaraki argued in neoliberal times the ethical basis for solidarity has changed, aided by digitalization, and become market-driven and individualistic.

Read more about her presentation here.

Text by: Florencia Enghel