Refocusing the Vision, the Viewer and Viewing through an Interdisciplinary Lens


Refocusing the Vision, the Viewer and Viewing through an Interdisciplinary Lens


Edited by Phil Fitzsimmons and Barbra McKenzie

Year: 2010

Format: eBook


While multimodality may not be an entirely new phenomenon and visual literacy not a new force of focus, what has changed everything is the global nature and the all pervasive application and usage of the Internet. This book is reflective of multidisciplinary views on the topic of visual literacies.

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Although often touted as being a relatively new area of research, the field of Visual Literacy actually has a long history in some research disciplines, such as Theology, Anthropology, Art History and Iconography. However it has suffered, as has most of academia, in that the various research areas rarely if ever share current research or even have the opportunity to talk to each other. While even the most cursory investigation of each discipline’s research foci reveals that there are overlaps of understanding such as the way education has drawn from art appreciation, art history and systemic linguistics relatively critical appraisal of how each area of investigation understands what actually constitutes the notion of visual literacy, employs specialized language to describe and discuss their peculiar understandings and the specific methodology employed in unpacking, investigating and exploring visual literacy is in its infancy.

The delegates invited to present at the Second Global Conference on Visual Literacy, that gathered at Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2008 were, if not the one of the first groups to begin a process of sharing, were certainly one of the first to publicly voice their sense that despite paradigmatic differences there were more points of their current research agenda that generated mutual understanding than divided them. More importantly a sense of taking both the differences and similarities and further exploring these threads as possible points of connection to which a resolution could refocus all foundational underpinnings and methodological connections in this area was a central focus of recognition. Thus, an important outcome was the need to extend the interdisciplinary dialogue within this conference and beyond.

Phil Fitzsimmons and Barbra McKenzie

Section I The Outsider Perspective of Looking In

The Camera as Prothesis
Roger Archibald

Reality Eclipsing Romance: Reading Luther Standing Bear’s My People the Sioux against Buffalo Bill’s Violent Frontier
Ryan Burt

Constructing a European Identity through Visual and Verbal Representation
Kenneth Marunowski

The Blue Page: Visual Literacy as Self, Sense and Sentiment
Phil Fitzsimmons

Different Images – Different Literacies: Towards the Understanding of Media Images
Katharina Lobinger

Section II The Insider Perspective of Looking Out

Child Art and Modernity
Ourania Kouvou

Threat or Thrill: Re-discovering the Suburban Landscape: A Framework for Visual Arts Research
Jennifer Kamp

Visual Literacy for Deciphering Cultural Identity: The New Central Bus Station in Tel-Aviv
Shoshana Sitton and Malka Ben-Pesaht

The Value of Visual Literacy Practices in the Education of Deaf Students: The Experience of Deaf Teachers
Tatiana Bolivar Lebedeff

Section III Not Looking but Seeing: Visions of the Past and Visions of the Future

Attention and the Visual World in the Society of Risk
Beatriz Tomšič Čerkez & Primož Urbanč

Reading Medusa
Sibylle Baumbach

The Vocabulary of Ageing: Image and Word in Antije Krog’s Body Bereft
Adle Nel

The Visual Elements of Flowcharts
Barbra McKenzie

EduArt: Encouraging Creativity
Jaroslav Vancat

Phil Fitzsimmons is a senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong,Australia.

Barbra McKenzie currently lectures in Language and Literacy to pre-service teachers at the University of Wollongong, Australia.