Non-Representative Publicity in the Digital Public Sphere

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationProfessional


Non-representative publicity aims to redeem what Jürgen Habermas conceived of as the non-rational undercurrent of visual texts which caused in his work a deep distrust of representation. The problems associated with the visual medium correlate not to the medium itself but to which configuration of publicity it offers and the way it hinders deliberation. For this, I argue that a critical re-evaluation of the contemporary approach towards representation is needed. Representation must be embraced with nuance, situated within historically situated representative regimes, and its constructive and transformative potential highlighted. Habermas’s theory of representative publicity serves as the groundwork for this exploration of the relationship between representation and visual texts. However, I also aim to move beyond it and propose new forms of publicity, namely non-representative publicity.
Period4 Jun 2021
Event titleRANT Workshop
Event typeWorkshop
LocationUtrecht, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • digital public sphere
  • habermas
  • representation
  • publicity