Visual Culture and the (Re-)Creation of Everyday Life

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 13 (Juridicum)
WG03 Visual Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Everyday life usually goes unnoticed. It has to do with repetition, with the regular, but also with consummation and continuance. Visual culture is involved in the constitution and maintenance of everyday life as well as in creating meaning in respect to it. As such it testifies to ordinary processes which often escape our attention. Everyday life, however, is also a site from which rupture, change and even revolution might arise. And since the ordinary and the everyday are linked to commonality, i.e. to a notion of society rather than to the individual, visual culture also testifies to transformations of our ways of being in common.   
At the same time, however, visual culture can trigger identification and adoption processes as well as conflict, and in this way becomes itself an agent transforming everyday life. Hence it also indicates passages from remaining unnoticed to becoming noticed – which highlights the political capacity of the visual.  
The session explores the multiple relations between everyday life and visual culture. Papers can include examinations focusing on any of the following topics: 

  • the role of visual culture in achieving everyday processes and rituals as well as in triggering change and upheaval;
  • “the political” in the relationship between visual culture and everyday life;
  • the visual perceived as an archive of forms of everyday life (also in a comparative perspective, relating to different cultures, ages, genders, etc.); 
  • the uses and adoptions of various forms of visual culture in everyday practices, feelings or conditions.
Session Organizers:
Anna SCHOBER, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany and Regev NATHANSOHN, University of Michigan, USA
Mateusz HALAWA, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Anna SCHOBER, Justus Liebig University, Germany
(Re-)Framing the "Downtown People" of Haifa
Ayelet KOHN, Department of Communication, David Yellin College of Education, Israel; Regev NATHANSOHN, University of Michigan, USA
Confectionery Trade Cards and Visual Culture of Russia at the Turn of XIX-XX Centuries.
Natalia MIKHAYLOVA, European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia
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