800700 PS Examining Images - Introduction to methods of image analysis and interpretation

summer semester 2020 | Last update: 21.03.2020 Place course on memo list
PS Examining Images - Introduction to methods of image analysis and interpretation
PS 2
every 2 weeks

(1) Teaching of scientifically substantiated, practically orientated and historically comparative knowledge about the epistemic content of images and visual information

(2) Facilitation of the professional handling with visual matter in work practice – of historic picture sources, media of arts to digital world of images, fine arts and culture

(3) Promotion of the sense of responsibility and the ethical framework in working with images

(4) Realization of intersubjective and intercultural factors, which influence the use, reception and impact of images

(5) Practice of different image analysis tools, which – in the sense of visual literacy - should lead to a better image reading and understanding of visual information (e.g. visual thinking strategies, image analysis according to Bohnsack, differentiation of iconological and iconic approaches)

The following topics will be treated:

(1) Introduction to semiotics (image as a sign, e.g. Peirce)


(2) Iconolgy and Iconic - The Meaning of Images (e.g. Imdahl versus Panofsky)


(3) Image epistemology and the different forms of knowledge (propositional knowledge, indexical knowledge, ikonological knowledge)


(4) Introduction to visual survey methods (photo-voice, photo interview and photo documentation)


(5) Application of different image analysis procedures and deduction of its potential for the reading and understanding of visual material

introductory talks given by the lecturer, sample exercises, plenary discussion

written assignment

Fleck. L. (2014). Schauen, Sehen, Wissen. In: M. Rimmele, K. Sachs-Hombach u. B. Stiegler (Hg). Bildwissenschaft und Visual Culture. Bielefeld: transcript, S. 295-316.


Liebsch, D. & Mößner, N. (Hg.). Visualisierung und Erkenntnis. Bildverstehen und Bildverwenden in Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften. Herbert von Halem Verlag: Köln.


Marotzki, W. & Niesyto, H. (Hg.). Bildinterpretation und Bildverstehen. Methodische Ansätze aus sozialwissenschaftlicher, kunst-, und medienpädagogischer Perspektive. Wiesbaden: VS.   


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Group 0
Date Time Location
Fri 2020-05-22
12.00 - 20.00 50109/3 SR 50109/3 SR Barrier-free
Sat 2020-05-23
14.00 - 18.00 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Fri 2020-06-26
12.00 - 20.00 50109/3 SR 50109/3 SR Barrier-free