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Visual methods

Visual methods

This four day course introduces different perspectives and techniques in visual methods.


27.02.2018 - 02.03.2018


The first day involves general meta-reflections on methodology in the social and human sciences by a number of leading figures in the field, such as Jaan Valsiner. The three days to follow provide practical guidance for visual data collection and analysis, including such techniques as working with various visual props, image analysis, photo-elicition, subjective cameras, among others. The course makes the general argument that visual material can be used both as a powerful complement to traditional verbal and textual data, as well as site of investigation in its own right. 



Day 1. General reflections on methodology – Jaan Valsiner, Steve Brown, Alex Gillespie, et al.


10.00-12.00: Lecture on Open-Systemic Methodology in Contemporary Cultural Psychologies – Jaan Valsiner

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.30: Panel Discussion 1: "Why insist on the open system nature of methodology?"  Moderator—Lene Tanggaard. Discussants:  Alex Gillespie, Steve Brown, Paula Reavey, Kalevi Kull, Hroar Klempe, Sergio Salvatore

14.30-15.00: Coffee break

15.00-17.00: Panel Discussion 2: "So what? Do the suggested changes have pratical implications?"  Moderator—Thomas Szulevicz. Discussants:  Pina Marsico, Mario Carretero, Mogens Jensen Danilo Guimaraes, Nandita Chaudhary.



Valsiner, J. (2017).  From methodology to methods in human psychology.  New York: Springer [115 pp] 


Day 2. Using visual props, such as photography, drawing and modeling -- Paula Reavey

10.00-12.30: Lecture on visual methods in psychology, with empirical examples from her own work

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Taster sessions with visual props: photography, drawing and modeling. Connecting the choice of method to conceptual basis of the research. Space, embodiment, affect. In this practical session, students can attempt to generate a research proposal using a visual method, based either on their current project, or on a project provided by the session organiser. A range of areas will be offered. Students will present their proposals to the rest of the group.

15.30-16.00: Coffee break

16.00-17.00: General question and answer session and discussion. We can base this on themes suggested by the students, so that the discussion is relevant for them.



Reavey, P. (2011). Visual methods in psychology. New York: Psychology Press (incl. ch. 1, 2, 4, 7, 22) [203 pp]

Reavey, P. & Johnson, K. (2017) Visual Methods: using and interpreting images, in C Willig & W. Stainton Rogers (eds) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Psychology. London: Sage. [41 pp]

Silver, J. & Reavey, P. (2010). ”He’s a good-looking chap aint he?”: Narrative and visualisations of self in body dysmorphic disorder. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 1641-1647. [7 pp]


Day 3. Annotated drawings and photo elicitation -- Eric Jensen, Brady Wagoner and Sarah H. Awad

09.30-12.00: Lecture and exercises with annotated drawing methods, using empirical examples from research on zoos and museums—Eric Jensen and Brady Wagoner

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-15.00: The social life of images, including photo elicitation techniques – Sarah H. Awad and Brady Wagoner

15.00-15.30: Coffee break

15.30-17.00: Discussion of student projects



Awad, S. H., Wagoner, B., & Glaveanu, V. (2017). The (street) art of resistance. In N. Chaudhary, P. Hviid, G. Marsico, & J. Villadsen (Eds.), Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. New York: Springer [20 pp] 

Lonchuk, M. & Rosa, A. (2011). Voices of graphic art images. In Märtsin, M., Wagoner, B., Aveling, E. L., Kadianaki, I., & Whittaker, L. (Eds), Dialogicality in focus: Challenges to theory, method and application. Nova Science Publishers. [17 pp] 

Radley, A. (2010). What people do with pictures, Visual Studies, 25, 267-279 [22 pp]


Day 4. Using and analyzing video, including subjective camera methodology - Brady Wagoner and Ignacio Bresco

09.30-12.00: Lecture on video analysis and subjective camera technology—Brady Wagoner and Ignacio Bresco

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-15.00: Video Analysis II—Brady Wagoner and Ignacio Bresco

15.00-15.30: Coffee break

15.30-17.00: Discussion of student projects



Kusenbach, M. (2003). Street phenomenology. Ethnography, 4, 455-485. [30 pp] 

Lahlou, S. (2011). How can we capture the subject's perspective? An evidence-based approach for the social scientist. Social science information, 50(4), 607-655 [43 pp] 



Registration and submission of research abstract to: hannepc@hum.aau.dk no later than February 1, 2018.


5 points


A combination of lectures, panel discussions, group work, practical exercises and small group discussions. 



Doctoral School of the Humanities at Aalborg University



Registration Deadline

01.02.2018 kl. 12.00

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