E04
Meeting the visual

Convenors:
Dorothea Born (University of Vienna)
Regula Valérie Burri (HafenCity University Hamburg)
Location:
Bowland North Seminar Room 7
Start time:
27 July, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

What is the role of the visual in meetings and what meets in visuals? What matters of concern, realities, and practices of looking are assembled through visuals? What meeting spaces are provided in visuals, and who/what is silenced? How are discourses of power enforced or contested through visuals?

Long abstract:

In contemporary visual culture(s), meetings would hardly be possible without the support of the visual. While visual technologies enable communication and facilitate the presentation of topics, catchy images raise attention for matters of concern while simultaneously contributing to their construction. Images allow issues to become visible; thus, establishing them as matters of concern by highlighting particular aspects while neglecting others. Hence, visuals can be defined as technologies of governance shaping societal issues, values, and beliefs whilst influencing how we make sense of the world. Whatever the context of use, images are never innocent but rather they are created through societal practices and imbued with cultural values. Yet, visuals are also polysemous, allowing for multiple interpretations and hidden meanings and, therefore, may provide spaces to contest dominant discourses. In this panel, we aim to investigate the role of the visual in meetings and to explore what meets in visuals when images assemble particular knowledges, practices, and technologies. What matters of concern are constituted through certain visuals? Which realities are made visible and which are excluded or cannot be visualized? What meeting spaces do visuals provide? Who and what is silenced in processes of visualizing? How are discourses of power enforced through certain visuals? And how can visuals be used as a form of protest and dissent? We encourage contributions from different areas.