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Manuscript Submission Deadline 31 August 2022

Our daily access to reality is mainly based on visual media and visual representations. Websites, social media, and online platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or Twitter foreground communication as visual communication. Each search query—whether in Google or image banks—leads to a kaleidoscopic ...

Our daily access to reality is mainly based on visual media and visual representations. Websites, social media, and online platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or Twitter foreground communication as visual communication. Each search query—whether in Google or image banks—leads to a kaleidoscopic flood of visuals. Images and other forms of visual representation are part of the public sphere and, as such, they influence our lives. Images are not merely passive testimonies, but possess an active semantic power (intrinsic power) that turns them into visual agents or "quasi-living organisms" (Mitchell, 2005; Rose, 2016). They act to frame our perception of the world including gender, age, ethnicity, and social behavior. They act to confirm, reinforce, or dispel stereotypes. They act to constitute reality. The power of images is therefore tremendous.

This Research Topic addresses the power of images and other forms of visual representation (still, moving images) with a strong focus on digital media. The aim is to investigate the power of images, how they make meaning in political, social, and cultural contexts, and what worlds are constituted by images.

We are looking for contributions that include but are not limited to image theory; the semiotics of images; the critical handling of images; perception and reception; practices of production, use, and recontextualization as well as the image-text-relationship.

We welcome interdisciplinary research that covers the following questions (but not exclusively):

• How powerful are images and other forms of visual representation in specific contexts (e.g., politics, journalism, advertising, public relations, health communication, geography, education, and social relationships)?
• How do images act, and where does their intrinsic power come from?
• How do images influence our decision-making?
• How do people (e.g., politicians, journalists, photographers, communication experts, influencers, young people, and artists) act with images?
• How can the interplay between image and text or image and other modes be explored?
• What do we know about visual framing in terms of theory, methods, and perception?
• What do we know about the work of images in the built environment, e.g., in urban spaces?

The call seeks to provide an overview of recent studies that examine the power of digital images from different research perspectives, preferably based on empirical research or a theoretical approach.

This Research Topic is not open for abstract submissions.

Keywords: image theory, image use, perception, reception, recontextualization, image act, visual framing, image-text relations


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