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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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Nora S. Vaage is an art historian, art critic and interdisciplinary scholar at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT), University of Bergen.

Rasmus T. Slaattelid is Associate Professor in philosophy of science at the SVT.

Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen is a media scholar and art historian at the University of Bergen.

Samantha L. Smith is an art historian at the University of Bergen.

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