At the instigation of Professor Bengt-Erik Eriksson and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Linköping University, researchers from three faculties and several disciplines gathered for a seminar in November 2004 with the commission to discuss the possibility offorming a common research p latform for studies of visualization, visuality and visual culture.
The outcome of this meeting between technologists, medical researchers, social scientists and humanities scholars was the founding of a permanent seminar group that was to meet regularly in order to make an inventory of and to present ongoing research wirhin the given field and to write applications for research grants. Visual accessibility, Visualization of dynamiccourses, Remediation and Yisualization and learning are some of the possible common projects that the group called VVV has identified over the three years of its existence.
Chaired by Dr Anna Sparrman, a senior researeher at the department of Child Studies at the Tema Institute, the VVVgroup arranged a two-day Iong workshop under the heading Images, Science and Knowledge at Villa Fridhem south of Norrkö ping in October 2007.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the use of images in various scientific practices, focusing not only on the usage bur also on the different ways of defining visualization and on the various theoretical approaches to the concept image. Four key-note leetures and eight shorter presentations of current projects showed clearly the diversity of the use of images in scientific practices and need for a continuous discussion about scientific imagery and the prospeers of a common understanding of what an image really is.
The invited key-note speakers were Professor W.]. T. Mitchell, university of Chicago and Dr Thomas Parathe and Dr Yvonne Eriksson, both from Mälardalen University College. White Professor Mitchells two leetures circled around the general problem of defining an image and the contemporary use of images to comment on and form political opinions instantly, Dr Parathe and Dr Eriksson had more specific approaches, pictures as tools for navigation and tactile perception and tactile understanding of images. The shorter presentations ranged from Haptic visualization of proteins to nations of visuality in a Swedish campaign against food advertising to children.
All leetures and presentations of the workshop were thoroughly documented. The speakers' manuscripts, notes made during the proceedings and interviews with the key-note speakers eonstirute the basis for this publication which hopefully will function as a point of departure for further discussion. Accordingly we want to thank Anna Öst, Marcus Mattsson, Christina Lagneby and Alexandra Uhrefalk who with accuracy and zeal carried out their tasks as secretaries.
Linköping, April 2008
Bengt Lärkner and Gary Svensson
Linköping: Linköping University , 2008. , 93 p.