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Images of Knowledge

The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations

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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Nora S. Vaage, Rasmus T. Slaattelid, Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, Samantha L. Smith Images of Knowledge ...................................................................................................9 Henning Laugerud The Optics of Understanding: Sight, sensing and discourses of knowledge in early modern Europe ...................................................................21 Samantha L. Smith On Hands That Make Us See: Tobias Healing His Father’s Blindness ...................51 Rasmus T. Slaattelid Beyond Representation? Making sense of nano images .......................................79 Paula Muhr Framing the Hysterical Body – A comparative analysis of a historical and a contemporary approach to imaging functional leg paralysis .....................97 Nora S. Vaage Grow Your Own Views on Knowledge: Visions and framings of synthetic biology ................................................................................................. 127 Jørgen Bakke Et In Arcadia Ego: Poussin and early modern visual historía ............................ 161 John Ødemark Framing Quetzalcoatl, Picturing Culture – Iconology and the image of the other in early modern mythography ......................................................... 191 Matthias Bruhn Epilogue .................................................................................................................... 221 Author Biographies ................................................................................................. 229 Index.......................................................................................................................... 233

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