Visual methodologies and international development research
Venue: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development
In this seminar Owen Logan will discuss strengths and weaknesses of different visual methodologies, including compositional interpretation, content analysis, semiotics, psychoanalysis, discourse analysis and sociological poetics, anthropological approaches.
To varying degrees all these methods encourage the technical and aesthetic understanding of photography and the use of imagery, both within research projects and in society more broadly. How these different approaches are related to, and may be integrated within, areas of research such as international development is a topic for discussion. Far from being a secondary consideration visual culture, especially the spectacular visualisation of modernity, appears to be at the cultural core of uneven development. What issues does this pose for researchers looking for hard facts? And what sort of 'facts' do photographs provide?