Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

Criminology of the Visual - Orders of Seeing and Visibility in the Context of Crime Control and Security Policies

Date: 22 - 23 March 2018

Convenors: Axel Groenemeyer (Dortmund, GER), Bettina Paul (Hamburg, GER), Bernd Dollinger (Siegen, GER), Birgit Menzel (Hamburg, GER), Dorothea Rzepka (Darmstadt, GER), Henning Schmidt-Semisch (Bremen, GER), Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld, GER)

Visuality, visualisation and visibility are touching the core of crime and crime control relevant discourses. (Re-)presentations of crime and crime control are connected to a truth claim as well as an exemplary signification. They are the result of a selective visibility and a productive composition, through which they are producing a social meaning concerning the essence of what crime and crime control is and who or what is conceived as danger. Visualisations stake out normality. They are also producing threat images and identifications, affective and moral convictions. Despite the omnipresence of visuality and its influence on knowledge production as well as on control practices, we only see marginal and hardly any interdisciplinary research and discussion in the field of crime (control) studies. The working group aims to address this shortcoming and strives to collect and structure theoretical approaches and empirical case studies within the sketched realms. In doing so it plans to stimulate a long lasting, historically theoretically informed debate that strengthens the interdisciplinary nature of the field.

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