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Images of Knowledge

The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations

Edited By Nora S. Vaage, Rasmus T. Slaattelid, Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen and Samantha L. Smith

The authors consider the relationship between knowledge and image, though multi-faceted, to be one of reciprocal dependence. But how do images carry and convey knowledge? The ambiguities of images means that interpretations do not necessarily follow the intention of the image producers. Through an array of different cases, the chapters critically reflect upon how images are mobilised and used in different knowledge practices, within certain knowledge traditions, in different historical periods. They question what we take for granted, what seems evident, what goes without saying. This approach spans across established categories such as «scientific imaging», «religious images» and «artworks», and considers how images may contribute meaning across such categories.


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Images of Knowledge is a product of conversations conducted in the research group Images of Knowledge at the University of Bergen, Norway. Particularly, three workshops with the authors formed and developed the vision for the book and our common framework. In our discussions, a number of ideas and concepts were considered, debated, put to different uses and stretched between different contexts. Apart from the contributors to this volume, three other scholars participated in the workshops: Liv Hausken, Anja Johansen, and Rita Elmkvist Nilsen, who all provided input that substantially shaped the vision of the book. Art historian Mat- thias Bruhn graciously agreed to contribute an epilogue to our efforts. This project would not have been possible without generous support from the Bergen University Fund, the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humani- ties (SVT), the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, and the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bergen.

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