Workshop “Test Society/Covid-19”
Thursday, 16 December 2021 - Friday, 17 December 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 CET


Test Society/Covid-19

Interpreting Testing Situations Across Scales With Visual Methods 

How can images from the web and social media be repurposed for the study of testing – as in challenging – situations? In this small hands-on, hybrid workshop we will explore how images associated with COVID-19 testing on Twitter can be used to account for the unfolding of issues across scales, from on-going everyday moments (“no test”) to what in Autumn 2021 was named “a massive public health failure.” 

Building on previous workshops at the Universities of Warwick, Amsterdam and St Gallen, the workshop will offer researchers in STS, media studies and associated fields an opportunity to engage in and reflect on interpretative analysis of visual data in an interdisciplinary set-up crossing social, design and data-intensive methods. The first day will involve interpreting thematic sets of images guided by an interpretative protocol and the second day will involve discussing results and trialling the communicative capacities of visual situational analytics with invited guests.


Hosted by: Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen

Organisers:  Noortje Marres (University of Warwick), Liliana Bounegru (King’s College London), Gabriele Colombo (Politecnico di Milano), Carolin Gerlitz (University of Siegen), Jonathan Gray (King’s College London)


Registration: This is an online event. Please register via email to Sina Klankers



>> All times are CET <<

Thursday, 16 December 2021

10:00 – 10:50    Project presentation & discussion

11:00 – 11:50    Introduction of research protocol and Q&A

12:00 – 12:30    Group formation & planning

12:30 – 13:15    Lunchbreak 

13:15 – 16:00    Group work: Image Interpretation (on & off Zoom)


Friday, 17 December 2021

10:00 – 11:00    Group work continued

11:00 – 11:30    Introduction to the presentation brief & template

11:40 – 12:30    Group work continued / presentation prep

12:30 – 13:15    Lunchbreak

13:15 – 13:50    Group work: Presentations finalised

14:00 – 15:00    Presentations & discussion with Dr. Donato Ricci (Sciences Po, Paris) and Prof. Dr. Sabine Niederer (Visual Methodologies Collective)

15:00 – 15:10    Break

15:10 – 15:40    Presentations & discussion with Dr. Donato Ricci (Sciences Po, Paris) and Prof. Dr. Sabine Niederer (Visual Methodologies Collective)

15:40 – 16:00    Next steps


Background Readings

Marres, N. (2020). For a situational analytics: An interpretative methodology for the study of situations in computational settings. Big Data & Society, 7(2), 2053951720949571.

Marres, N., & Stark, D. (2020). Put to the test: For a new sociology of testing. The British Journal of Sociology, 71(3), 423-443.

Tsing, A. L. (2012). On Nonscalability: The Living World Is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales. Common knowledge, 18(3), 505-524.

Campt, T. M. (2017). Listening to images. Duke University Press. (Introduction)

Bowe, E., Simmons, E., & Mattern, S. (2020). Learning from lines: Critical COVID data visualizations and the quarantine quotidian. Big data & society, 7(2), 2053951720939236.

Ricci, D., Calibro, Evennou, D., & Verjat, B. (2021). Developing Online Images. From Visual Traces to Public Voices. Diseña, (19), Article.2.

Savransky, M., & Stengers, I. (2018). Relearning the art of paying attention: A conversation. SubStance, 47(1), 130-145.