FIMS Profile

Amy J. Freier

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4122
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
afreier@uwo.ca
As a researcher and teacher, I focus on the history and representation of human rights and genocide in media broadly, and visual culture specifically. My interdisciplinary work across media studies and human rights has broached topics that include: memory and reconciliation, museums and post-conflict plunder, declarations as technologies, the visual politics of human dignity, and health equity. Completed in 2018, my dissertation examined the concept of human dignity and its visual lineage using case studies that encompassed a genre of curation: declarations, museums, atlases, and albums. Taking a media-historical approach, I argued that the contemporary theorization of human dignity must extend beyond abstract ideas of inviolability and become grounded within conversations about material and technological production. Most recently, my research on human rights has been mobilized in a collaborative project that will provide insight into how youth seeking mental health care understand human dignity in relation to common mental health challenges and mental health care.