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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Dr. des. Hannah Fitsch

PhD Project:

Just to Give You a Picture: Visibilities and Sayabilities in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging


 

Descritpion of the Project

Beginning with the question, »what is made visible and therefore sayable in fMRI images,« this dissertation examines the visual logic in the apparatus of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It transforms the body into a visual phenomenon. This transformation is based on various standardizing processes, which are subordinated to the human brain for the purpose of measuring – in particular the conceptualization and standardization of the brain as space. Producing and interpreting functional brain data is part of the negotiation of how we imagine our brain. In my thesis I point out a specific approach to functional imaging which depends on historical shifts, entangled with the visual aspect of producing pictures of the brain. I bring out the interaction of issues like techniques, models, and historical assumptions of the brain and link them with the way brain images are presented. The aesthetic dimension (Rancière) in these images is also a question of ethics and normativity.
                                          

Particulars

 

Hannah Fitsch studied sociology and art pedagogy with focus on new media in Frankfurt am Main. She earned her PhD at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 2012 she was a research assistant at Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterstudien, TU Berlin. Her research interests are: Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Criticism of Science, Research on Visuality and Aesthetics. Hannah Fitsch works at the intersection of scientific and artistic practices.

   

Selected Publications

 

zus. m. Lukas Engelmann: Das Bild als Phänomen. Visuelle Argumentationsweisen und ihre Logiken am Beispiel von Sichtbarmachungen des ›AIDS-Virus‹ und der funktionellen MRT. In: Visuelles Wissen und Bilder des Sozialen. Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der visuellen Soziologie, hg. v. Petra Lucht, Lisa Schmidt u. René Tuma, Wiesbaden 2012. S. 213–230.

(A)e(s)th(et)ics of brain imaging. Visibilities and sayabilities in functional magnetic resonance imaging. Special Issue on Neuroscience and Sex/Gender. Neuroethics 5 (3) 2012, S. 275–283. (http://www.deepdyve.com/lp/springerjournals/ a-e-s-th-et-ics-of-brain-imaging-visibilities-and-sayabilities-in-Qta8GLanX3).

Das Ver/sprechen der Zahlen. Rezension zu: Zeugende Zahlen. Über Mittelmaß und Durchschnittstypen in Proportion, Statistik und Konfektion des 19. Jahrhunderts. Daniela Döring, Berlin. In: Bulletin Info 44, hg. v. Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2012. S. 56–60.

   

Contact

Das Video zur Dissertation ist auf Vimeo.com anzusehen unter: https://vimeo.com/61624290

hannah.fitsch@yahoo.de