Monday, July 14, 2014: 7:30 PM-8:50 PM
Room: Harbor Lounge BRC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)
The session offers a new way of interpreting visual sociology in line with the new developments in the field. The new developments refer to the fact that in recent years Visual Sociology has become an approach used also by those who were traditionally considered the “object” of sociological research. They have therefore become the “active subject”, through a process of development of the need for self-portraying that is to be considered a formidable value added and a natural evolution of the accessibility of the technical tools used in Visual Sociology. Moreover, individuals make use of the visual as a natural expansion of their ability to communicate, transforming the technological instruments and the new social media in part of their own personal language. The authors analyze all this through their own experience of researchers who make use of visual sociology as a form of communication of their research results, making reference to a recent film-documentary they have filmed in Israel: “Haifa’s answer” The complex relation between the researchers, the people who are the “object” of the research and the context is explored under a number of perspectives, from which a multifaceted and fascinating alternation of roles with objects and subjects mutually engaging in intellectual and emotional challenges emerges. The issues that arise from this totalizing scientific – and human of course - experience are of a methodological nature.