The Live Archive of the World Stage: Engagement and Spectatorship in the United Nations Webcast Academic Article uri icon


  • The closing of the public galleries at the United Nations in the 1990s curtailed public access to UN proceedings until the advent of the UN Webcast in 2001. In the past decade, the Webcast has emerged as a new virtual space for public engagement with the United Nations. As both live broadcast and instantaneous archive, it serves as a hinge between diplomatic performances in the present and the previous performances of ambassadors and heads of state. This curious liminality has both spatial and temporal consequences. It provides opportunities for new forms of activism and intervention, but also obviates forms of mobility associated with physical engagement and progressive cosmopolitanism.

published proceedings

  • e-Misferica

author list (cited authors)

  • Ball, J. R.

complete list of authors

  • Ball, JR