Doing Visual Sociology: Case Studies from the Grave - Lunchtime Seminar
|Starts:||13:00 6 Nov 2018|
|Ends:||14:00 6 Nov 2018|
|What is it:||Seminar|
Doing Visual Sociology: Case Studies from the Grave
What is Visual Sociology and how do we practice it? In this seminar we will consider the use of photography as part of a visual and sociological exploration into death, spiritual and mnemonic rituals in Singapore, including the Hungry Ghost Festival and the activities of Spirit Mediums and Spirit Altars. We will examine how photography can be employed as a qualitative method in the analysis of transience, diasporic ethnic identities and sacred spaces, focussing on storytelling as well as the development of a photographic grammar as part of a researcher’s toolkit.
Terence Heng is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool and the author of Visual Methods in the Field: Photography for the Social Sciences (Routledge 2017). His research covers the making of sacred space in urban environments, diasporic ethnicities and visual methods. His work has been published in journals such as The Sociological Review, Cultural Geographies and Visual Communication, and is also forthcoming in Area. Terence is currently working on a visual monograph, Of Gods, Gifts and Ghosts, examining Chinese Religion in Singapore.
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