Nordic Network on Visual Studies

This network will establish a Nordic platform for visual social science, which is the study of social phenomena through visual materials.

The significance of images and visual communication varies in today’s society. Visual studies – the use of visual materials to study social phenomena and analyse social practices, expressions and conventions – is a growing international field of research.

Visual studies in the Nordic region have been primarily focused on the arts or humanities thus far, and are relatively underdeveloped in the social sciences.

The network focuses on:

  • Studies of the use of images professionally, digital images, photojournalism, documentary films, etc.
  • Studies of visualisation within the natural sciences and technology
  • Methodological development relating to images as data (photos, video, film and graphics)
Facts about the project
Project leader

Arni Sverrisson, Stockholm University, Sweden