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[Athena] CfP: Image Politics (Potsdam, 19/20 jan 2012, deadline 1 oct 2011)
- From: Sebastian Grevsmuehl <grevsmuehl AT damesme.cnrs.fr>
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- Subject: [Athena] CfP: Image Politics (Potsdam, 19/20 jan 2012, deadline 1 oct 2011)
- Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:40:34 +0200
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CfP: Image Politics
Pictur(e)ing Climate - Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations.
University of Potsdam, Institute for Arts and Media
Am Neuen Palais 10, D-14469
Workshop Date: January 19-20, 2012
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: October 1, 2011
Organizer: Dr. Birgit Schneider, Dilthey Fellow at University of Potsdam
in conjunction with the Graduate School "Visualization and Visuality"
- Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations.
One of the key roles
of scientific images involves the potential to visualize scientific
objects; when considered in these terms, visualization is nothing less
than a method for making the invisible visible. The status of climate
visualization is particularly crucial, as they make entities visible
which otherwise, as statistical items, could not become evident. This
applies to images visualizing climate zones, temperatures, CO2-concentrations,
climate history or future scenarios derived from climate models. Climate
as an epistemic object is not something which is simply given; it has
to be constructed and mediated. Hence pictur(e)ing climate and climate
change is a fundamental step in knowledge production and an extraordinary
However climate science
is facing considerable pressure from different expectations: when expert
graphics produced by climatologists started to gain currency in the
field of policy (as it became a key issue within risk society)
they encountered different values and expectations. Scientific research
on climate change induced a plethora of image production; images picturing
climate range from colourful expert graphics, model visualizations,
photographs of extreme weather events like floods, droughts or melting
ice, symbols like polar bears, to moving and interactive visualizations;
since the 1980s climate graphics have not only increased knowledge about
the subject, they have also begun to influence popular awareness of
weather events and the instability of landscape.
This workshop seeks to
combine a wide interdisciplinary spectrum of perspectives and questions
in order to discuss the very different strategies and imaginations that
lie behind pictures on climate. In doing so, the visual part of the
climate discourse can be critically analysed vis-a-vis politics, technology,
science, media and society.
Please submit abstracts of less than 250 words by October 1, 2011 to birgit.schneider AT uni-potsdam.de
- [Athena] CfP: Image Politics (Potsdam, 19/20 jan 2012, deadline 1 oct 2011), Sebastian Grevsmuehl, 07/18/2011
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