From Thursday 25 to Friday 26 February 2016

How are current approaches in the humanities and social sciences working with images? What research problems do they address? And in doing so, what do they learn on the images analyzed as well as on visual analysis? In short, how do they innovate? This opening workshop invites its participants – archeologists, historians, philosophers, and sociologists, among others – to an interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses both the contexts of image use and the circumstances of visual analysis. This double “return to practice” will also contribute to a re-contextualization of the current debate on the digital orientation (or reorientation) of humanities and social sciences (towards “digital humanities”).


Images and imaging in inquiry and innovation: a view from Science and Technology Studies

Thursday 25 February 2016
Istituto Svizzero di Roma

Prof. Dr. Martina Merz
(Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Vienna)



Thursday 25 February
10.00 Welcome and opening remarks
Philippe Sormani (Sociology, Istituto Svizzero di Roma)
and Guelfo Carbone (Philosophy, Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

10.45 Imaginaries of a solitary walker: doing archeology of Calabrian landscapes
Marc Duret (Archeology, University of Geneva – ISR fellow)

11.45 Possibilities and limits of visualization within archeology and architecture
Henrik Boman (Archeology, Swedish Institute in Rome)
and Marie Kraft (Urban Studies, Swedish Institute in Rome)

12.30 Finding the possible in an impossible relation: analysing the medieval Gesamtkunstwerk through images
Vladimir Ivanovici (History of Art, USI, Mendrisio)

15.00 Producing the archive
Federica Martini (History of Art, ECAV, Sierre – ISR fellow)

15.45 Video analysis of interaction: conversational, multimodal,and “esoteric”
Philippe Sormani (Sociology, Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

16.45 Video-based research in Workplace Studies
Barbara Pentimalli (Sociology, University of La Sapienza, Rome)

18.00 Evening lecture:
Images and imaging in inquiry and innovation: a view from science and technology studies
Martina Merz (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Vienna)

Friday 26 February
10.00 Making space without building it / building up virtual spaces – Robert Zemeckis’ and Harun Farocki’s CGI
Malvina Giordana (Film and Media studies, University of Roma Tre)

10.45 For a grammar of visual esperanto
Angela Maiello (Philosophy, University of La Sapienza, Rome)

11.45 The work of art in the age of differential reproduction
Dario Cecchi (Philosophy, University of La Sapienza, Rome)

12.30 Discussion: Lessons learned, gaps noticed
All participants
Chair: Guelfo Carbone and Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

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Henrik Boman
Guelfo Carbone
Dario Cecchi
Marc Duret
Malvina Giordana
Lindsay Harris
Toni Hildebrandt
Vladimir Ivanovici
Maria Kraft
Angela Maiello
Federica Martini
Martina Merz
Cyrill Miksch
Barbara Pentimalli
Philippe Sormani
Andrea Spreafico
Ariane Varela Braga



  • M. Merz, P. Biniok (2010): How Technological Platforms Reconfigure Science-Industry Relations: The Case of Micro- and Nanotechnology. Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Society 48 (2), 105-124
  • M. Merz (2009): L’imagerie composite dans la communication scientifique. Protée – Revue internationale de théories et de pratiques sémiotiques 37 (3), 93-103
  • B. Heintz, M. Merz, C. Schumacher (2007): Die Macht des Offensichtlichen. Bedingungen geschlechtlicher Personalisierung in der Wissenschaft. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 36 (4), 261-281
  • M. Merz (2006): Locating the Dry Lab on the Lab Map. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 25, 155-172
  • B. Heintz, M. Merz, C. Schumacher (2004): Wissenschaft, die Grenzen schafft. Geschlechterkonstellationen im disziplinären Vergleich. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag
  • M. Merz (1999): Multiplex and Unfolding: Computer Simulation in Particle Physics. Science in Context 12 (2), 293-316
  • M. Merz, K. Knorr Cetina (1997): Deconstruction in a “Thinking” Science: Theoretical Physicists at Work. Social Studies of Science 27 (1), 73-111