Visual Aspects of Security
The workshop seeks to establish a forum in which to investigate questions of visual aspects of security from the vantage point of visual grammars and ways of seeing, working in doing so to provide a common ground of engagement through which different approaches to visuality and security can enter into dialogue.
It constitutes an attempt to sensitise International Relations research to the visual as a form of knowledge. At the same time, it would allow for debate on how this particular modality of the sensible not only determines what is visible and what is not, but also how authority and truth-claims come about, and how they are compared and evaluated. Through engagement with security via the ‘language’ or ‘code’ of the visual, the workshop is able to interrogate how scholars in the field understand visuality as well as the economy, grammar and performativity of visual articulation and production/circulation of knowledge.
The workshop encourages participants to be explicit about the connection between what the analysis ‘ sees’ and the way in which it conceptualizes the visual and its relations to other modalities of knowledge/ divisions of the sensible, etc; and to reflect on how this influences its engagement with security.