ECREA Visual Cultures
Management Team

Joanna Kędra, University of Jyväskylä, Chair

Patricia Prieto-Blanco, Lancaster University , Vice-Chair

Maria Schreiber, University of Vienna, Vice-Chair

Hadas Schlussel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Acting YECREA Representative

Joanna Kędra (PhD) works as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, in MultiLEAP (Multiliteracies for social participation and learning across the life span) profiling area of the University of Jyväskylä. Prior to this position, Joanna worked in the Academy of Finland project, researching digitally mediated (visual) communication practices of Polish-speaking transnational families in Finland. Joanna’s research interest is in visual literacy education and pedagogies, visual digital culture, and visual research methods. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Visual Literacy on visual teaching practices in higher education; currently working on the edited volume Teaching Visually: A Guidebook to Visually Immersed Higher Education. Joanna is also chairing the International Presence Committee for the IVLA (International Visual Literacy Association). She recently received the 2021 IVLA Research Award. Joanna has served as YECREA Representative for Visual Cultures TWG, and from May 2019 to Sept. 2021 as Vice-Chair of the Visual Cultures Section.

Patricia Prieto-Blanco (PhD) lectures Digital Media Practice in the Sociology Department at Lancaster, UK. Her areas of expertise are visual methods of research and photographic practices. She has worked ethnographically with transnational families and explored how they incorporate photography in everyday routines, addressing media practices in the contexts of migration, kinship and intimacy. Her latest research inquires into the performativity of images in the context of activism, online and offline. She serves as Technology Advisor in the board of IVSA (International Visual Sociology Association), and has been part of the steering group of ECREA Visual Cultures since its inception. She is an advocate of interdisciplinary, participatory and practice-based research.

Maria Schreiber (PhD) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Communications at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She gained her PhD in Communication at the University of Vienna. In her thesis (“Digitale Bildpraktiken”, Springer 2020), she analysed the entanglement of visual communication practices with age-specific life challenges and technical affordances. Previously, she worked at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna, investigating ‘Visual Biographies in a networked lifeworld’. Before that, she held a scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Science as part of the DOC-team ‘Pictorial Practices’. She is part of the interdisciplinary research group ‘Visual Studies in the Social Sciences’, the DFG-network ‘Transformative Visuality’( and the DGPuK section “Visual Communication”. Her work focuses on visual and digital media cultures and qualitative methods, specifically the relation of embodiment through pictures and platform environments.

Hadas Schlussel is a PhD student at the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work integrates media studies and visual cultures with the anthropology of the senses and focuses on videos on social media as a means for embodiment in the digital space. In her MA thesis, she analyzed Tasty’s recipe videos on Facebook as sensorial experiences