Category Archives: visibility

Vertical Vision and Atmocultural Navigation. Notes on emerging Urban Scopic Regimes (with Andrea Pavoni)

Forthcoming in Visual Studies Abstract. This paper analyses vertical vision by tracing its possible genealogy and exploring the forms it takes in the contemporary city. In the first section, vertical vision is situated in the context of its cosmographic tenets. In the second section, the critique of verticality is complemented by a topological approach where […]

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Teoria Sociale. Un percorso introduttivo

OUT NOW! cover-estesa qui (pdf)

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On my way towards The Tag Conference

Will be my pleasure to join Javier Abarca and the other fellows at Programme here

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The Element of Measures. Theorising Measures in the Visible

A speech I’m giving at International Workshop The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation. (E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education November 15‐16, 2018 Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin workshop_visibility_program + info :

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Tasting Wine Making Territories

NOW OUT in TASTE • Law and the Senses book series (Eds. Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos). London: University of Westminster Press. Available in Open Access – PDF Version

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The social life of measures

Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) Abstract Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of […]

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The Visible: Element of the Social

Now Published in Frontiers in Sociology | Sociological Theory Abstract. In the context of a social-theoretical take on the link between social life and visibility, this paper invites to shift the focus from visibility phenomena to “the visible”. A theory of visibility, it is submitted, must be constructed as a theory of the medium. In […]

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A Lecture delivered at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Vortrag. + info | Full video here (a bit boring, though) :

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The Visible and the Rhythmic.Visualising Rhythms in Urban and Regional Research

Lecture at GSSI Social Sciences Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies and Regional Sciences, L’Aquila

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Social Camouflage: Functions, Logic, Paradoxes (with Alessandro Castelli)

Now published in Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory Abstract. Camouflage is usually understood as a type of deceitful communication strategy in the animal and human domains. In this piece, we invite scholars to consider how the phenomenon of camouflage, while certainly grounded in antagonism and selection, might exceed its strategic meaning. Using the case of […]

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L’etnografia e i sensi: una riflessione preliminare

Introduzione al monografico su “L’etnografia e i sensi”, Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, n.1/2016   Brighenti -2016-L’etnografia e i sensi

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The Visible – Some Thinking-Through…

A speech I’m giving at the conference Understanding Visual Culture – Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Bologna, 21-22 April 2016 Programme (PDF)

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De la visibilité by Nathalie Heinich – Book Review

Brighenti-2016-De-la-visibilité – Book Review

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Camouflage, or, the Temptation of Relationship

Published in membrana 1/16 – Magazine of Photography Brighenti_2016_camouflage,_or

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Warming up for camouflage

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The Unsettling Visibility of Public Space — Public Lecture

Lecture @ The Summer School in Urban Ethnography. Recording available here.

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Twilight of the Icons, or, How to Sociologize with Visibility

Twilight of the Icons, a contribution to the “On Icons” Symposium, Edited by Marco Solaroli Available at |

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Technologies de la visibilité : visualiser les nouvelles formes de souveraineté

Vendredi 12 juin 2015 – 10:00-­‐12:00 – Salle 10 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales 105, Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

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Discount flyers for “Visibility” and “The Ambiguous Multiplicities”

Discount flyer for Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research Discount flyer The Ambiguous Multiplicities

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Urban Interstices: exploring the folds of the city – Workshop

To be held at the International Summer School on Cultural Sociology – Memory, Culture & Identity 2014 – Brno University, June 18-19 . Presentation. What are urban interstices? What does it mean to explore the city through its folds? What sort of skills and sensibilities does the enterprise call for? This workshop is an attempt […]

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A couple of reviews of «Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research»

  “Visibility” by Philip Smith (Yale University) – “Politiques de la visibilité” by Maxime Boidy (University of Strasbourg) –

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La démocratie à l’heure des visibilités hiérarchisées

“La démocratie à l’heure des visibilités hiérarchisées” dans T. Fabre (Coord.) La Cité en danger ? Dictature, transparence et démocratie – Rencontres d’Averroès #19. Marseille: Editions Parenthèses.

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La grande immagine e l’immaginina

(Source: La grande immagine e l’immaginina as appeared in Marco Pasini e Fabio La Rocca (a cura di) Confronti visuali: una ricerca interdisciplinare. Roma: Aracne.

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Graffiti and Place Value

A speech I’m delivering at: Street Art in the Changing City: Theoretical Perspectives – Moscow, June 7–8, 2013 – In a sense, both graffiti and street art share humble origins. While the first emerged as an essential expressive form of disadvantaged inner city youth in the late 1960s, the second originated from a more […]

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L’osservazione etnografica

In Adriano Cancelllieri e Giuseppe Scandurra (a cura di) Tracce Urbane. Milano, Angeli, 2012. Due versioni: Impaginato e con immagini (ma senza riferimenti) Non impaginato (ma con i riferimenti giusti)

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