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The actions of Extinction Rebellion Finland showcase new visual forms of politicisation

Images play an increasingly large role in social participation. Protests, demands and even entire processes of politicisation may take a purely visual form. In this text, we analyse paired photographs that went viral immediately after the civil disobedience actions of Extinction Rebellion Finland as a form of politicisation. Images are a powerful means of communication – indeed, it is revealing that the social commentary in Finland has revolved intensely around a handful of smartphone snapshots.

Eeva Luhtakallio on visual politics at Politiikkaradio

ImagiDem’s PI Professor Eeva Luhtakallio discussed images as tools of political participation and topical environmental activism in Finland yesterday in YLE Politiikkaradio podcast’s episode “Instagram is a very political instrument” (in Finnish).

ImagiDem members and advisors at kick-off

ImagiDem mini kick-off: Visual participation of young Europeans – snapshots from France, Finland and Portugal

On 24 September 2020 ImagiDem’s kick-off seminar discussed how the increasing emphasis on visual forms of communication affects young people’s societal participation and the way in which they construct democracy. The seminar featured short presentations of visual participation from three European countries: France, Finland and Portugal. The event was streamed online.

POSTPONED: Visual Studies Lab Masterclass: How to study the visual in social media?

The planned Masterclass on visual analysis at the University of Helsinki has been postponed.

TAPAHTUMA SIIRTYY: Tämä pitää nähdä! – kuva yhteiskunnallisen vaikuttamisen välineenä

Tapahtuma siirtyy järjestettäväksi myöhemmin.

POSTPONED: Visual participation of young Europeans – snapshots from France, Finland and Portugal

The event has been postponed. The new date and venue will be announced later.

Politicization of migration in the countermedia style

Countermedia are partisan media that oppose conventional media and the establishment.

Lähiökylä – Tutkimus yhteisöllisyydestä ja eriarvoisuudesta

Tutkija-kirjailija Lotta Junnilaisen kirjassa kuvataan kahden vuokratalolähiön arkea. Teos on tutkimus suomalaisen yhteiskunnan eriarvoistumisesta ja kaupunkien eriytymisestä. Se on kuvaus niukkuudesta, epävarmuudesta ja turhautumisesta, mutta myös yhteisöllisyydestä ja solidaarisuudesta.

Group formation, styles, and grammars of commonality in local activism

In her article, published in the British Journal of Sociology in 2018, Eeva Luhtakallio argues that in order to analyse democracy as a pattern constantly processed in a given society, it is useful to look at activist groups’ agenda setting and recruitment principles, group bonds and boundaries, and how these actions direct and influence ways of creating the common. Based on an ethnographic study on bicycle activism in Helsinki, Finland, the article describes a local critical mass movement that was successful in promoting a bicycle friendly and sustainable city, yet dissolved due to lack of people involved, and the bicycle demonstrations stopped at a moment of high public interest.

Snapshots of 21st Century Citizenship: New Approaches to Young Citizens’ Political Practices (12–13 Dec)

Two-day seminar, Tampere University

POSTPONED: Visual participation of young Europeans – snapshots from France, Finland and Portugal

The event has been postponed. The new date and venue will be announced later.

Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash

The event has been postponed. The new event date will be announced as soon as possible.

Join us for a three-hour seminar discussing how the increasing emphasis on visual forms of communication affects young people’s societal participation and the way in which they construct democracy. The seminar features a keynote lecture by Associate Professor Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University), short presentations of visual participation from three European countries: France, Finland and Portugal, as well as comments by Senior Lecturer Leena-Maija Rossi (University of Helsinki).

Provisional programme:

15.00 Welcome address and ImagiDem presentation: Professor Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Helsinki)

15.30 Keynote: Associate professor Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University): Curation, creation and community – making sense of visual social media 

Discussion

16.30 Coffee

16.45 Snapshots from France, Portugal and Finland

Dr. Karine Clément (CNRS, Paris): What do we mean by “visual” and “participation” when we talk about visual participation? Reflections from the case of the Yellow Vests in France.

Dr. Carla Malafaia (University of Porto): The visual dimension of participation among climate activists in Portugal: an ethnography with student strikers and civil disobedience groups 

Dr. Taina Meriluoto (University of Helsinki): Selfiesteem – reconstructing oneself on- and offline

17.30 Comments by Leena-Maija Rossi (University of Helsinki) and discussion

The seminar is part of the launching event of professor Eeva Luhtakallio’s ERC-project Imagi(ni)ng Democracy: European youth becoming citizens by visual participationwhich studies visual participation both online and offline. The project analyses images and memes posted on social media, and follows young people’s visual ways of participation as part of their everyday actions with the tools of visual ethnography and computational big data mining and analysis.

The seminar is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.

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