Student Profile: Syed Gowhar Andrabi

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Gowhar began his DDes in 2014, and is embarking on a programme of research entitled Visual Peacemaking: a case study in visual languages.

My research hypothesises that multiple language systems and their manipulation complicate religious communication. The Internet readily presents this manipulation and may entice young people towards religious conflict. Therefore, if the variation and complexity of natural languages can complicate communication, a visual language may help to simplify it. In order to investigate the potential of visual languages to exploit universalism and promote trans-cultural communication and understanding, my research aims to create a computer-mediated visual language with the specific objective to promote religious understanding amongst young people. The artwork generated from my research will offer a prototype visual language for online communication about religion, highlight religious similarities, and shape up young people as visual peacemakers.

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