Maria Florencia Langa
Postboks 2099, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1014 København K
I am a qualitative sociologist, specializing in ethnographic methods and visual analysis, environmental activism, the sociology of morality and pragmatist theory. My research interests focus on the role of value-formation and valuation processes in motivating action; in particular, I am concerned with its role in mobilizing social movement activity. In past studies, I have focused on visual framing in digital activism and the role of aesthetic experience and practice in the emotional investment with nature leading to moral commitments to environmental activism. I analyzed these processes in cases such as family photography, Black Lives Matter’s online activism, and the emergence of urban gardening advocacy in Sweden. This year I have conducted a pilot study and developed the design for a research project that analyzes the mobilizing capacity and historical roots of the pervasive belief of “green-as-good,” an assumption that “green” as a common-sense visual signifier of nature can solve urban problems.
I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher in the project Visual Persuasion in a Transforming Europe: the affective and polarizing power of visual content in online political discourse with Assistant Professor Nicole Doerr. The project studies the role of visual content in political mobilization and polarization surrounding climate change activism.