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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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PEACE009 Visual Peace Research 5 ECTS
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Person in charge
Frank Möller/TAPRI

Learning outcomes

The student understands the ways in which visual images operate in wars, conflict situations, post-conflict situations and peace processes.


The course explores what forms of knowledge on war, conflict and peace images produce. Images are understood here as invitations to discussions widening the discursive frames within which human activities unfold. Methodologically hybrid, the course discusses different forms of visual representation such as photography, film and comics, their interaction with language and their multi-sensory operations on the observer.

Lectures plus students’ papers and discussion: 12 h lectures, 12 h seminars. Students are expected to read articles/chapters during the lecture period and present their own papers in the seminar.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Active participation in lectures and presentation of own papers.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Michael J. Shapiro 1988. The Politics of Representation: Writing Practices in Biography, Photography and Policy Analysis. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, chapter 4.

Alex Danchev 2009. On Art and War and Terror. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press University Press.

Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites 2009. No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Susan Sontag 2003. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Further information

Some room in the course for exchange students and other students, please contact the teacher before the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities