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The Visual Field

22nd January 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 23rd January 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Course Code MAN-09-17/18-P-R
Organised by The University of Manchester
Presenter Chairs:
Professor Mark Elliot
Dr Michael Mair
Date 22/01/2018 – 23/01/2018
Venue The University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Map View in Google Maps  (M13 9PL)
Contact Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579, [email protected]
Description Visualisation is increasingly important within the social sciences and beyond. Disciplines across the board are becoming more visual in their methodology and more concerned with the visual as a topic and a medium. This expanding scope includes:

(1)the growing body of studies of the nature of visual fields, the visual and visualisations as subjects for study in their own right (e.g. in psychology, philosophy, aesthetics, history, art history inc. film and photography studies as well as many other areas of the contemporary arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences)

(2)innovative quantitative and qualitative uses of visual methods and visualisations to do research and present results from that research (again, in many different ways)

(3)attempts to get us to visualise/see things in different ways (through experiments, performances or making knowledge available to new publics using visual aids) as part of sparking debates across social science, arts and humanities and natural/life/formal science boundaries.

This event will involve a mix of presenters from the sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities. We will think about ‘the visual’ as a common language linking work in the natural, life and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. Reflecting the status of the visual field as a focus of study, as a tool and as a focus for experimentation with publics as well as data.

There will be sessions on three broad headings

The visual field as:

(1) a focus of study

(2) a research tool

(3) a focus for experimentation and public engagement.


Provisional timetable:

Day 1

12:00-13:00 Arrival lunch

13:00 Welcome/Aims/Intro

14:00-17:00 Invited presentations (5)

19:00 Dinner

Day 2

9:00-10:30 Invited presentations (3)

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50 -11:30 Group discussion

11:30 – 12:30 Break out groups

12:30 – 14:00 Closing plenary discussion about next steps over lunch


Currently confirmed speakers are:

Helen Kenedy, Sheffield University

Elisa Belotti, The University of Manchester

Karen Lander, The University of Manchester

Annamaria Carusi, Sheffield University

Peter Tolmie, Siegen

Rupert Cox, The University of Manchester

John Hunt, Nottingham University

Terence Heng, Liverpool University


Intended Outcomes:

All workshop attendees will be invited to co-author/produce of outputs, which is why we are inviting applications to attend this event.


Level Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
Cost Free. Attendance is by application only, decisions will be sent out by the 8th December 2017.
Bursaries are not available for this event.

Website and registration
Region North West
Keywords Visual Methods, Visual Data Analysis, Data Visualisation
Related publications and presentations Visual Methods
Visual Data Analysis
Data Visualisation


22nd January 2018 @ 12:00 pm
23rd January 2018 @ 2:00 pm
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC