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Notions on Norm Critical Image Interpretation – It's not in the Image It's in Me

Conference contribution
Authors Beatrice Persson
Published in E17, Research conference in Umeå on the Aesthetic Subjects: Tacit knowing or just plain silence?
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Keywords Interpretation of images, norm criticality, gender theory, postcolonial theory
Subject categories Art History, Visual Arts, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Educational Sciences, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts


Everyone is aware of the fact that we live in an image society and that it is important to discuss the significance of images in school. But discussing images, and foremost image interpretation, is complicated and multifaceted. Master students at the Art Teacher Program in Gothenburg expressed crucial concerns about this topic – for them, image interpretation triggered a conception of responsibility to reveal the images to the pupils. After further discussion we agreed upon that teachers felt a responsibility to give students good tools to be able to "read" and understand images, and by extension, to view images critically. This is the backdrop for my paper where I, based on the current Swedish curriculum for the compulsory school, preschool class and the recreation centre (Lgr 11), will discuss how to interpret and view images from a norm critical perspective using gender theory and postcolonial theory. My point of departure will be that all of us who interpret images never reveal the images as such, they are just the incentive, what we really reveal is our own preconceptions and prejudices.

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