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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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Author Biographies


Jørgen Bakke Dr.Art. is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Bergen. Since the late 1990’s he has been involved in archaeological field studies at Tegea in Greece. His research activity has been focused on cultural memory studies in Ancient and Byzantine Greece. He is also working on the rhetoric of visuality, art historical historiography, and early modern epistemology of knowledge.

Matthias Bruhn (Ph. D., Hamburg 1997) is an art historian and research associate at Humboldt University Berlin where he directs the research group The Technical Image, and a principal investigator and steering committee member of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung – An Interdisciplinary Laboratory that aims at a comparative analysis of design processes in the humanities and the sciences. His main fields of interest are the ”art history of science”, i.e. the contribution of artistic and aesthetic practices to the production of knowledge; changing concepts of the image in relation to the evolution of modern media; and the role of imagery in the context of political iconology. He is editor, with Claudia Blümle and Horst Bredekamp, of the bi-annual book series Bildwelten des Wissens established in 2003.

Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen has an MA in Media Studies from the University of Oslo, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen where she is working on her thesis Knowledge of Images of Knowledge, a study of astronomic images and meaning...

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