The Stereoscopic Eye

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Visual Studies as a Frame – 15 Minutes Post

I start to recognize a pattern here: while visual sociology tends to take end products into account, in visual studies is the ongoing process, the dialogue and interaction with the end products to be that is taken into consideration.

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BNLR Celebrating Anne Byrne

Originally posted on BNLR – Biographic, Narrative and Lifecourse Research Group of Sociological Association of Ireland :
Celebrating Professor Anne Byrne and her immense contribution to Narrative Inquiry and Sociology in Ireland Time:…

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About seeing – What we perceive vs. what is there

When we explore how things or people appear, we draw our attention towards visible aspects of cultures and societies, for instance garments, hairstyles and tattoos as well as pictorial representations of place (maps, postcards) and faith (relics, altars) and others. These visual objects can be examined from the perspective of the observable and the perspective of the observer. What do we see about a certain culture/time period by looking at advertisement? What content is prevalent in sports related ads in magazines? What can learn about the audience of those advertisements by looking at them? Why are women represented in such and such a way?

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Starting notes on the visual and social inquiry

*Originally published in 2015, here. In 2005, Douglas Harper argued for an Integrative Visual Sociology, which enables an empathetic understanding of sociological questions, as opposed to a more pattern-analysis-based, macro conceptualization … Continue reading

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Chicken Skin in “El Gallinero”

The first issue of “El Gallinero” was launched in January 2022. This new fanzine dedicated to performing arts (in a vaste understanding of the verb to perform) is published in … Continue reading

April 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

The TIME issue on Climate Justice

How to visualize climate change? Although we ascribe a great degree of trust to facts and numerical data, the majority of us find extremely difficult to effectively comprenhend the operations and processes that hide behind statistics on global warming or air pollution. A recent issue of TIME magazine pushes readers to think about this from cover to cover (literally!). The featured image was created by young artist-scientist Jill Pelto, who highlights the potential ability of art (visual or otherwise) to allow “audiences to connect with science in ways that are emotionally relevant”.

September 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ultrashort – A Swiss project on the shortest of narratives

Originally posted on Visual Sociology NUIG:
Minimal visual narratives are at the core of an interdisciplinary research project at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Academics and artists were invited to…

July 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Convention for HE Statement, 23 May 2020

Originally posted on The Convention for Higher Education:
This is an edited version of a statement developed, discussed and agreed at a 200-strong online meeting of academic staff and supporters…

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Berwick, Brighton Media Students and The Bloomsbury group

Last December, Brighton media students, my colleagues Dr. Theodore Kolouris, Dr. Kevin Reynols and myself took a field trip to Berwick in order to visit St. Michael and All Angels … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Patricia Prieto-Blanco: “Autograph Book Ravensbrück”

Originally posted on Photography and Resistance:
Autograph, friendship and memory books are part of vernacular cultures functioning as aide-memoire (Katzev: 2009: 13-5), source of companionship, support and bonding within normative…

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Post-Representative Participations

On November 16th 2018, Prof. Nico Carpentier’s keynote “Maximalist participation as the horizon to move beyond representation” closed a successful day of presentations, questions and discussions about the future of … Continue reading

January 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Visual Scholarship against CAGES: RABIA TIERNA

Today #IVSA2018 started in Evry with a dialogue/keynote of four visual sociologists, two from France and two from the USA. Among the themes discussed, the ethos and aims of the … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

21 stories 21 days: 18th July

Originally posted on Oral Testimony Works:
I am useful for society, I am equal to someone who is not infected ‘I wanted to work to sustain my family. But when…

January 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

She Who Tells a Story – Contemporary photography from Iran and the Arab World

The exhibition “She Who Tells a Story” features over 80 photographs and video installations by twelve female artists from the Arab World. The focus of the exhibition and the selection of work was highly political. It preceded this time of even more extreme racism, bigotry and  misogyny in the US (and beyond). The currency of the show is undeniable as it is the urgency of revisiting it.

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rodaje del documental “Amar en Libertad”

Originally posted on La Directora de Cine:
“Amar en libertad” es un documental de carácter divulgativo sobre el poliamor y relaciones no convencionales. El principal objetivo es dar a conocer…

August 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

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