Imagology and metaphorology of eusocial insects in science, popular culture, and art
"… and crawling on the planet's face / some insects, called the human race …"
At first sight, mutual ties between insects and humans seem rather sparse. Figuratively spoken, the tree of biological evolution spread its branches considerably far to separate the four-legged mammal from the egg-born creature with its six-legged and chitin-armoured body. Hence no wonder that when it comes to insects, human perspective may distinguish pest from a more or less useful rest – however, in more general terms insects are perceived as strange and alien "others", either fascinating or abject, and perhaps both at the same time.
Yet probably for this very reason we find insects also as favourite subject for a whole range of cultural fantasies, phantasms and projections, their role varying related to changing historical, ethnical, political and aesthetic interests configuring the latter.
On this background, the project focuses on the imagology and metaphorology, imaginations and narrations, depictions and diagrams of eusocial insects in the diverging yet significantly intertwined fields of science, popular culture, and the arts, their media, their discourses and their histories.
Please note: Lectures and publications (since 1996-) have still to be implemented into this site. For the time being, pls. find related information at kuniver.se : lectures and kuniver.se : publications as well as at the (old) research focus page on insect imagology (with updates until 2007).
project: INSECT IMAGOLOGY
main project: TechnoNatureCultures
related project on www.visuelle-kultur.info: Beehive