Project Leader: Dr. Frank Möller
Many scenarios peace research engages with are mediated through visual images: peace researchers – just like everyone else – are exposed to images as never before and experience their subject matter mediated and communicated through visual images. At the very least, visual images contribute to the construction of the discursive space within which politics unfold. In a world dominated by images, then, it is necessary for peace researchers to understand the visual construction of peace and war including the operation of images in violent conflicts and post-conflict situations.
Visual peace research is research on the role and function of visual images in wars and conflict situations but, importantly, also in peace and reconciliation processes. It analyses the relationships among image producers, subjects and spectators because it is here that the meanings and politics of any given image are constantly negotiated. Visual peace research is also interested in the ways images – and their interpretations – contribute to or even create conflict. And it explores new forms of image production (for example, citizen photography, participatory photography and new photojournalism) and how they relate to society in terms of emancipation, democratization, participation and, ultimately, peace.
Visual peace research is an integral component of Tapri’s research and teaching agenda. The project’s main focus 2016–2017 is on Peace Photography (Palgrave Macmillan, in preparation). The basic research questions are: How can photography represent peace? Of what would a photography of peace consist? How can photography contribute to peace?
Peace Photography, book outline:
Introduction – Peace photography: the ultimate provocation
Chapter 1: Peace and peace photography
Chapter 2: Whose peace?
Chapter 3: From aftermath to peace
Chapter 4: Photography and participation
Chapter 5: Islands of peace
Chapter 6: Pro-active peace photography: the peace movement
Chapter 7: Forensic photography
Chapter 8: Positive peace
Chapter 9: Peace photography and invisibility
Chapter 10: The visual culture of security communities
Chapter 11: From representation to transformation
Notes and references / Bibliography