About this Research Topic
This Research Topic addresses the power of images, whether still or moving, and other forms of visual representation with a strong focus on digital media. The aim is to investigate the power of images, how they create 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; the perception and reception of images; practices of image production, use, and recontextualization; and the image-text relationship.
We welcome interdisciplinary research that addresses the following questions:
- 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 or theoretical approaches.
Keywords: image theory, image use, perception, reception, recontextualization, image act, visual framing, image-text relations
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.