Seminars & Events

30 November 2022
15:00 - 16:40
Science Park Library Living Lab, 1st floor

Event: How Can Social Science and Art Together Engage with Society?

Sharing Experiences from “Unspoken Stories” Experiment

Photos tell us stories and can move us. Which images make you take action? Which photos touch you, and which don’t? On the 30th of November, at the Living Lab of the University Library at Utrecht Science Park, Magdalena Bobowik, a researcher from the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University, and Martin Thaulow, a Danish photographer and a CEO of an organization Refugee Today, will share their experiences from a collaborative citizen science project, bridging visual journalism, social science, and solidary action. The gathering will also be an opportunity to discuss how social science can engage with broader community.

The event will also close the current Photography Exhibition ‘Unspoken Stories’, hosted at the Living Lab of the University Library at Utrecht Science Park.  ‘Unspoken Stories’ is a collection of remarkable portraits of refugees from different parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, or Iran, among others.


15:00 – Welcome

15:10 – 15:30 – Martin Thaulow: “When photography engages people for a greater cause”

15:30 – 15:50 –Discussion: “Unspoken Stories: On Representations of Refugees”

15:50 – 16:20 – Magdalena Bobowik: “The Findings from Online Experiments and an Exhibition-based Field Experiment Testing the Impact of Emotional Tears in Portraits of Refugees”

16:20 –16:40 – Discussion: “How Can Social Science Engage with Society?”


Participation in the event is free and open to public. However, we would appreciate if you could let us know if you plan to attend via this form: