Reading Images: Art History, Medicine, Astronomy and other Discourses

Date: April 21 – 23, 2006
Venue: Wassenaar, the Netherlands

In association with European Science Foundation Network ‘Discourses of the Visible: national and international perspectives’


Images surround us everywhere, they relate to every topic imaginable, and are inextricably connected to how we perceive the world. In the so-called ‘visual turn’ of the 1990s, images and imaging became central to debates on art, science, technology, and their interconnections.
Their fascination is enhanced by the increasing use of computer-generated images and new maging technologies. This workshop will discuss scientific and artistic imagery in a global context, considering the modes of production and reception of non-art images across disciplines and across cultures, and the cross fertilization that occurs.

Art History has a long tradition of studying artistic imagery, but worldwide images are also important means of communication and objects of research for the physical and biological sciences, as well as a range of other knowledge practices. Information about the body, the brain, the natural environment, the cosmos, etc. that is not visible with the naked eye, is made visual and is applied in scientific research. Often, these images are assumed to represent objective knowledge, but they are also culturally dependent and rely on specific conventions of representation and practices of looking. (Specific topics at website)
Submit a 200-word proposal for a 30-minute talk to Marta Filipova