Perceiving, Understanding and Envisioning the Environment

Monday, July 14, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Room: 302
WG03 Visual Sociology (host committee)
RC24 Environment and Society

Language: English

More than twenty years ago, Ulrich Beck wrote: “the latency phase of risk threats is coming to an end. The invisible hazards are becoming visible. Damage to and destruction of nature no longer occur outside our personal experience in the sphere of chemical, physical or biological chains of effects; instead they strike more and more clearly our eyes, ears and noses (…). The end of latency has two sides, the risk itself and public perception of it. It is not clear whether it is the risks that have intensified, or our view of them. Both sides converge (…) and because risks are risks in knowledge, perceptions of risks and risks are not different things, but one and the same” (Risk Society, 1986). This session will reflect on the augmented and diffused visibility of the environment and more specifically on how visual information contributes to the social construction of environment and environmental issues (not necessarily just those related to risks), to their perception and understanding and then to their representation and envisioning.
Session Organizer:
Valentina ANZOISE, European Center for Living Technology, Italy
Debra DAVIDSON, University of Alberta, Canada
Elisa BIGNANTE, University of Torino, Italy
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