Visualities and ethical life

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Within this thematic, we are interested in discussing questions around the ethics of images and the implications images and their ethics have not only for the audience of a particular research project but for the researchers themselves.

The relationship between the visual and the ethical takes us to, for example, complicate the assumptions about using images to exemplify and disseminate research analysis and conclusions. It is an invitation to focus on the dynamics of showing, seeing and looking in specific contexts.

Some of our work seeks to contribute to debates about the benefits and problems of showing and seeing specific images which go beyond the mere function of illustration, pointing towards their pedagogical, political or ‘consciousness-raising’ advantages and disadvantages.

We are concerned with disturbing the expectation that the production, collection or display of certain images will allow understanding or at least be the starting point of dialogue of the issues at stake. Such disruption allows for a productive exploration of issues that are defined and produced by their same visibility (say, for example, the visibility of ‘race’, beauty, the body, etc).

In this way, this line of work attempts to deal with the ambivalence of making use of the visible to ‘understand’ while acknowledging the need to denounce that same visibility as core to the production of particular forms and dynamics of social exclusion and inclusion.


Other research themes within this research group include:


People working in this thematic area include:

Dr Elaine Campbell
Dr Lisa Garforth
Dr Monica Moreno-Figueroa

Daniel Bos
Clare Fearon
Matt Rech