3rd International Workshop on Visual Research for Doctoral Students: Images as Agents in Digital Public Spheres

27-28 June 2019
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.
Universitätsstraße 65-67, 9020 Klagenfurt (AT)



to the Third International Workshop on Visual Research. Organized by Prof. Anna Schober from the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and her team (Department for Cultural Analysis, Division of Visual Culture) in cooperation with the International Sociological Association’s Visual Sociology Research Committee (RC57) (ISA-RC57).

The workshop addresses students interested in conducting empirical and theoretical research in the fields of visual sociology and visual culture studies, digital media and contemporary public spheres.

Possible themes for presentations are:

• The political and social agency of (moving) images in the digital age
• Social practices related to contemporary image production
• Global-local changes and transculturality connected to contemporary media worlds
• Visual media as agents of postmodern cultures of the self and identity politics
• Art, new media and ecology
• Visual media as a means for social and cultural research
• Artistic research
• Economies of looking and sharing in social networks
• Cultural und economic aspects of popular image production
• Non-human photography and automated image production
• Contemporary art practices in relation to digital image making

How to apply

To apply, please send an abstract (in English, max. 400 words) and a short CV (max. 200 words) by 19 April 2019 at the latest to [email protected]
We will inform you about acceptance by 29 April 2019.


The workshop will present two keynote lectures. Keynote givers are:

Robert Hariman. Hariman is a professor of rhetoric and public culture in the department of communication studies at Northwestern University. His scholarship focuses on how texts, images and media function as forms of action, with particular regard to democratic societies and with a special interest in the aesthetic dimension of human experience. His recent book (together with John Louis Lucaites), The Public Image, explores the role of photographic image production and forms of “visual citizenship” in the digital age. His work on photography also includes an archive of images and commentary on his coauthored blog, nocaptionneeded.com

Yvonne Volkart. Lectures art and media theory at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel where she has led the Swiss National Science Foundation research project Ecodata – Ecomedia – Ecoesthetics. The Role and Significance of New Media, Technologies and Technoscientific Methods in the Arts for the Perception and Awareness of the Ecological (2017-2020). Completed research projects include: Times of Waste (2015–2018). From 2009 to 2012 Volkart was co-curator at the Shedhalle Zürich. Last publication: Techno-Eco-Feminism. Inhuman Sensations in Technoplanetary Layers, in: Cornelia Sollfrank: Die schönen Kriegerinnen (The Beautiful Warrioresses), p. 167-201, Wien 2018.

Three sessions are reserved for papers by doctoral students, who will have the opportunity to present and discuss material and from their current PhD projects. One extra slot is reserved to discuss methodological questions in relation to visual research in the humanities and social sciences. Besides the keynote-speakers, Gary Bratchford (University of Central Lancashire, Uclan, president of RC 57 Visual Sociology), Roswitha Breckner (University of Vienna) and Marc Ries (HfG Offenbach) will comment on the presentations.