Visualities, Media and Art
Visual representations of culture and communication, in the form of films and photos, have a preferred regime of social reproduction, meaning that they have claims about the realities they record. These claims are inscribed and bound by aesthetic norms, power relations and hierarchies, space, mindscapes, symbols and symbolism. Images are tools of representation and appropriation. They are also part of narratives of inclusion/exclusion and constructions of otherness. Points of inquiry concern the agency of display, and what it means to show. How objects and people are made to perform their meaning when exhibited or collected. Researchers at the department are for example engaged in research about representation and political African film and the role female photographers have played historically on the island of Gotland, as well as who is allowed to represent Gotland as a tourist destination.