With this research-based project, I return to the subject of my PhD thesis: FEAR
Back then, I studied the role of fear in media communication about transnational terrorism. I was interested in how fear is communicated and verbalized in written media text. Also I was interested in the role and meanings of “fear” in the context of terrorism coverage. I learned that talking about fear is one possible way to talk about the future, especially about a possibly dangerous and threatening future. Verbalizing fear in communication functions much like a highly individualized and experience-based equivalent to the typically expert-based risk communication.
Since I shifted from exploring text to exploring images, this ongoing project deals with visual representations of fear. Mainly working with photographic images, both archival and contemporary, I am looking at visual representations of fear in the context of nervous societies.