CfP: IVSA Conference 2022

The 2022 International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference invites abstracts for papers, photo essays, posters, films and workshops that explore the theme “Expanding the visual field: New developments in visual scholarship, arts and activism”.

We are delighted to share the Call for Papers for the IVSA 2022 Annual Conference with you. Our theme – Expanding the visual field: New developments in scholarship, arts and activism – is intended to focus our attention on the emergence of innovative and experimental developments in our approaches to engaging with the visual. Visual sociology is increasingly relevant to our understanding of our increasingly networked world, where advanced technology and the ubiquity of digital networks have radically shifted both our ways of visualising the world and the ways that we engage with one another. Indeed, what counts as ‘the visual’ has itself expanded from static or delimited forms such as photographs or film towards hybrid networked and digitised visual modes.

The social, cultural and technological changes wrought by the pandemic have paradoxically accelerated methodological and conceptual developments in visual scholarship. This is a call to share the ways in which we have collectively adapted our methods, theory and practice in response. We also welcome abstracts that address topics relating more generally to visual theories and methods, and visual analysis of society and culture. These proposals need not specifically address the theme of the conference.

Due to our still uncertain times, our 2022 conference will again be held online in Gathertown, a virtual space that actively encourages social interaction. In 2021, this proved a productive and energising virtual place to meet, and a welcome break from Zoom! Depending on the restrictions in place in September, the organisers will consider the feasibility of also establishing opportunities for delegates to physically meet at one of a series of in person conference ‘hubs’ in different cities from around the world.

All presenters should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words through the EasyChair conference management system. Prior to submitting, you will need to create an EasyChair account if you do not already have one. The submission deadline is May 02, 2022. Accepted authors will be expected to produce and submit a 10-minute video presentation by July 15, 2022, to allow for technical feedback and final edits prior to the conference.

Abstracts submitted through EasyChair must include the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Name of presenter(s) as it will appear in the program
  • Organization/Affiliation of presenter(s)
  • Email address of presenter(s)
  • Type of presentation (paper, film, etc.) at the top of the abstract
  • Abstract text (250 words, maximum)
  • Keywords (three or four)

All submissions, regardless of their central medium (text, film/video, photography, illustration, web-/app-based, etc.) will be evaluated on their scholarly and scientific-analytic merit. All accepted submissions will be delivered as pre-recorded video research presentations, followed by participation in a live panel. Some films and photographs may be selected by the review committee for featured exhibition at the conference.

All conference presenters and attendees must be members of the IVSA.

Participants can only be a lead author on one presentation. In the case of multiple authored papers, all authors must be members of the IVSA and pay conference fees to be listed on the programme.

The Conference Committee will select submissions for inclusion in panel sessions which will normally be comprised of four video-based presentations of 10 minutes each. These will be available for delegates to view in advance in the lead up to the conference. During the conference, live online panel discussions will allow presenters to expand on their work further, in conversation with the audience.

Video- and film-based presentations include works-in-progress in addition to screening completed works. Abstracts for these works should be submitted in the same manner as paper presentations with the expectation that screened excerpts will follow the presentation length of 10 minutes. Filmmakers should include a link to their file (along with the password, if protected) within their abstract.

The Conference Committee will also evaluate and select workshops during the conference. Workshops at previous IVSA conferences have included on-site photo and film assignments and editing workshops. Workshops normally take place during the three days of the conference, and typically include a one- to two-hour session on the first day, and a three hour session on the final day in which participants present their work.

Make Submission via Easychair

If you have any questions please email the conference team:

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