Visual and Other Practices of Governance and Expertise

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 6C P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
TG06 Institutional Ethnography (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites papers that explore visual practices of rule, governance, and expertise from institutional ethnographic or related perspectives. Institutional ethnographers have pioneered methods of investigating text-mediated relations of governance and expertise in diverse institutional sites.
While the notion of text is deliberately broad in institutional ethnography, encompassing visual and numerical as well as verbal texts, the visual aspects of texts (which must be viewed in order to be activated) tend to be under-explored in institutional ethnography, as do specifically visual texts themselves  (e.g. images, illustrated documents, CCTV, maps) and the work processes they mediate. Further still, practices of skilled or professional looking feature in many institutional work processes, yet these too have received limited attention. For this session, empirical papers are invited that help to redress this low visibility of the visual by bringing analytic attention to visual practices within specific institutional relations and modes of knowledge.
Session Organizers:
Liza MCCOY, University of Calgary, Canada and Eric MYKHALOVSKIY, York University, Canada
Liza MCCOY, University of Calgary, Canada