Objects and Images: Anthropological Perspectives on Materiality and Visuality

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/06/2016
End date: 30/06/2016
Funding: 90000 SEK


The proposed conference "Objects and Images: Anthropological
Perspectives on Materialty and Visuality" at Stockholm University, 6-7
October 2016, will bring together anthropologists from Europe and the
United States. While material culture studies and visual anthropology
have emerged as two strong approaches in the discipline, it is also the
case that they converge: images are considered in terms of the social
life of things. Even digital images are increasingly understood as
visual materiality. In response to the current ubiquity of images, a
visual turn has been identified. One point of departure is the idea
about material visions and the call for social scientists to be
attentive to how material objects such as photographs and other images
are social. For a key insight into the social life of images, the
concepts of internal and external narratives can be applied. The
content, or story, of an image is its internal narrative while the
social context where an image was produced and the social relations
around it, is the external narrative. Not only images (photo journalism,
painting, Instagram etc), but also objects (design, architecture,
fashion etc) turn out to be sources of much understanding about the
world. Their social significance accentuates the importance of exploring
in greater detail the processes of producing, using, and distributing
objects and images. The conference will be of interest for anthropology,
sociology, and media and communication studies.

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