Visual Politics

We live in a visual age. Television, film, photographs, new media sources and artworks decisively influence how we perceive and deal with political phenomena as diverse as war, terrorism, refugees and financial crises. But we know surprisingly little about the exact nature and impact of this visual power. 

The purpose of this initiative is to address this gap. Building on existing strengths and resources we forge new interdisciplinary and large-scale collaborations within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as across UQ and internationally. Our goal is to establish UQ as a world-leading research hub for visual politics and make us competitive for major external funding sources.

Our Research

Program activities include regular seminars; master classes for early career researchers; training sessions for our media lab and for computational methods to analyse images; opportunities to make the best out of our rich archives and museums; and an international symposium on interdisciplinary visual methods.  There will also be workshops organised around six pilot projects.  They are designed to open up opportunities for early career researchers and to bring together scholars from different parts of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. 

The projects and their coordinators are: 

New Computational Methods for Visual Politics  (Coordinated by Dr Daniel Angus)

How Images Shape Responses to Humanitarian Crises (Coordinated by Prof Roland Bleiker)

Australian Indigenous Art and Global Black Power (Coordinated by A/Prof Sally Butler)

Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics of the New Visuality (Coordinated by Prof Tom O’Regan)

Media Lab: Covering Conflicts and Disasters (Coordinated by Dr Martin Weber)

Living Archives (Coordinated by Prof Gillian Whitlock and A/Prof Graeme Were)

Visualizing Korea (Coordinated by A/Prof David Chapman)

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If you would like to get involved with the program, please contact Professor Roland Bleiker