Open Lecture: Cecilie Astrupgaard + Sofie Thorsen

Tuesday, 28th Aug 2018

Thinking with Images: A visual exploration of the climate change debate on social media

What do a polar bear and Donald Trump have in common?

They have both in recent years been used as contested motives in the visual debate on climate change. In fact, online circulation of visual data – from photographs over scientific diagrams to memes and GIFs – on social media is playing an increasingly significant role in shaping public perception of the climate issue. This is because climate imagery function as representations of how we understand the world around us, and simultaneously act to reinforce certain discourses and drive particular “ways of seeing” the climate issue.

In a big data analysis of +200.000 climate change images from Instagram and Twitter, we explore how the combination of network analysis and emergent image recognition software can enable us to identify patterns in the visual debate on climate change, bringing visual analysis into the realm of digital studies.

When: Tues. August 28th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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