CfP Visualizing Sustainability


The International Visual Sociology Association invites abstracts for its 34th annual meeting, to be held at Lillehammer University College, Norway, June 22-24, 2016.

Abstracts may address general topics relating to visual methods, theories, and other aspects central to visual sociology and the visual analysis of society and culture, as well as the general theme of the conference, “Visualizing Sustainability. Imagined Futures.”

We encourage submissions from those interested in the visual research and thinking from sociology and related social sciences; communications and media; cultural studies; film and photographic studies; photojournalism and related practices. We encourage those unfamiliar with visual methods and analysis to visually innovate and experiment in their respective substantive specializations. The IVSA is rooted in the discipline of sociology but welcomes participation from a wide range of disciplines.

Preference will be given to presentations that use visual material (images or video).

Specific themes may include but not be limited to the following:

visual methods in the study of sustainability
the visual study of nature and human presence in the world
the visual analysis of environmental problems and crises
the visual dimension of social movements for human sustainability
the visual imagination of a sustainable ecological world

Please note: the list above is suggestive and not exhaustive. As the first conference to address this important theme, we expect a wide range of creative approaches, ideas and presentations, including papers with images, videos, photo essays, multi-media, fine arts and other modes of visual expression.

Information on how to submit is forthcoming on Deadline is January 15, 2016. If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to join the IVSA in order to participate in the conference.


Visualizing Sustainability: Imagined Futures

IVSA 2016 Annual Conference

June 22-24, 2016 in the town of Lillehammer, Norway. The Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Social Science at Lillehammer University College.

During the days of June 22 – 24, visual scholars and artists from around the world will gather to share their research and network in paper sessions, workshops, film sessions, exhibitions and social events.

The theme for this conference will be “Visualizing sustainability: Future imaginations.” The conference will take place at Lillehammer University College. Lillehammer is less than two hours by train from Oslo International Airport with direct flights from many cities in and outside Europe.

For this year’s event we ask the visual sociology community and related disciplines to problematize and challenge the concept of environmental sustainability. How can we visualize what sustainability is and what it is not; what are its signs and characteristics? We ask you to use your visual imagination to explore the issues related to sustainability on a local and a global scale.

As is our practice in all IVSA conferences we also welcome generalist submissions dealing with visual methods, theories, and other central issues in visual sociology, as well as visual analyses of society and culture.


More information here

visual activism

French street artist JR is ‘turning the world inside out’ by means of a large-scale art project encouraging participants to print and paste their image in public spaces around the world… (a note by the Guardian here)

Dutch graphic designer and journalist duo Haas&Hahn convert a hillside favela into a brightly-coloured model neighbourhood

British artist Banksy shows Middle East politics new ways by ripping open the Jerusalem wall with nothing more than spray paint


cartoon artist Carlos Latuff intervenes (in)directly from his studio in Rio in the uprising on Tahrir square by drawing up and instantly circulating the visual commentaries that people need to express their cause…

… The common claim of these and other projects is to be able to change the world by making both the world as it is and the change has it happens visible: in everyday life (definitely on the street yet increasingly also on the web it seems). Whether or not successful in achieving the specific aims of each project, they give an example of the visual arts’ possibilities – and growing confidence – for making their voice seen in creative local and trans-local (urban) interventions. Yet the strong focus on images of this kind of visual ‘street politics’ also attracts criticism routed in the concern that the social dimensions of life, space and politics are too fast and too easily thrown over board pursuing streamline communication design and maximum media impact.

Where do you stand? And where does this practice figure within the methods and theory of visual sociology?

A ISA T05 call for papers is open (here) till December 15th, 2011. Comments are welcome, too.


Visual Activism and Social Justice

Visual Sociology Thematic Group,

International Sociological Association, mid-term conference “Forum on Social Justice and Democratization”
1-4 August 2012, Buenos Aires

CALL FOR PAPERS (submissions by 15 December 2011)

In our sessions, we would like to both create the opportunity for a sociological discussion of the meaning of Visual Activism and Social Justice, and at the same time endeavor to democratize the ways our knowledge and practices are produced and shared. The following sessions are happy to receive your contributions… (detailed descriptions here)

SESSION A: Icons, Models and Drama Queen(s): A Comparative Analysis of the ‘Burqa’ in European and North American Political Visual Cultures

SESSION B: New Media, Videos and Cyber-Activism on Social and Environmental Issues

SESSION C: Culture and Visual Forms of Power: Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance

SESSION D: Civic Media and Creative Youth Activism in the Middle East (CMCYA-ME)

SESSION E: Cross-Examining Visuals in the Criminal Justice System

SESSION F: Critiquing Participatory Video: Experiences from Around the World

SESSION G: Visual Activism: The (Street) Art of Making Visible Alternative Ways of Seeing the World

SESSION H: Visual Sociology As/Of Activism for Social Justice

SESSION I: Teaching Visual Methods, Learning to become a Visual Sociologist

SESSION J: Visual Representation of Injustice and Exclusion

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line to

Second International Visual Methods conference

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

13-15 September 2011

The 2nd International Visual Methods Conference invites academics and others who work with visual methods to take part in presentations and discussions, as well as a programme of workshops, viewing a variety of exhibitions and screenings.

More information here


Presentations and papers will come under – yet are not restricted to – the following sub-headings:

(a) Visual methods & research design

(b) Participatory visual methods

(c) Visual ethics

(d) Visual culture and visual methods

(e) Visual technology

(f) Approaches to analyzing visual data

(g) Researcher-created visual data

(h) Arts-based visual research methods

(i) Data visualisation

Street Signs Magazine

Street Signs is the magazine for the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR/Goldsmiths). It is a forum for exploring the cultural life of cities through writing and photography. Street Signs is a place to play with ideas and to experiment with ways of writing. Contributions to the magazine range from academic to creative and fictional.

Online Archive: here


Next submissions deadline: 1st February 2011

Submissions and enquiries:

Conference: Spaces of Alterity

Call for paper:

Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

University of Nottingham, UK

I think this conference which is organized by post-graduate students of Culture, Film and Media and has targeted early career researchers, is an exciting opportunity for us to contribute.

Following our discussion on the political implications of research whereby I noticed the collective desire for politically charged interventionist act between students, I suppose this conference could be a wonderful platform for us to conceptualize counter-hegemonic spaces related to our research areas. We can discuss concrete and virtual spaces we are working on in our project, hear about the similar papers, meet people who have common motivations and assess our own ideas here. I intend to send an abstract and contribute and I suggest you to do the same. Deadline for abstract is 3rd November.

The administrators have written:

“This two day international conference for postgraduate and early career researchers explores interdisciplinary conceptions and representations of radical, counter-hegemonic space.

As concerns grow over such issues as spatial privatisation, commodification and homogenisation, surveillance, extra-legal spaces, social and political ‘non-spaces’, and the loss of common or public spaces, so too a plethora of interventions—across genre and disciplinary boundaries—have been launched in opposition to these trends. Examples are diverse, and can be found, for example, in literary studies of estranging narratives in contemporary fiction; spatial representations in film, TV and new media; the creation of critical spaces of alterity in political activism (such as semi-autonomous zones); psychogeographical spatial strategies, and philosophical and theoretical conceptions of counter-hegemonic space.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes from candidates across the arts and humanities, welcoming individual papers as well as group panels that respond to these and other conceptions of counter-hegemonic “Spaces of Alterity”. Possible research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What estranging utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic and science fiction spaces of alterity are being utilised in contemporary aesthetic and cultural productions, e.g. film, literature, TV, art, computer games?
  • How do these narratives travel across media and what changes occur when they are adapted, reworked and transformed? What research questions are raised by such collaborations, transmissions and intermedial dialogues?
  • How can we approach traditionally-understood print and audio-visual texts in relation to virtual spaces of alterity, such as fan-based communities, social networking sites and other sites developed through user-generated content (UGC)?
  • What are the relationships between textual spaces of alterity and non-textual forums, communities and dialogues?
  • What physical spaces of alterity are being constructed in contemporary urban environments?
  • How are such spaces critical, oppositional or subversive and how do they draw on the contributions of local communities and organisations?
  • How do spaces of alterity which are informed by traditionally-understood “texts” function on the Internet and how can they inform our understanding of filmic, visual and literary textual methodologies and approaches?
  • What forms can counter-hegemonic, avant-garde, or ‘subtractive’ spaces—which can be spatial, but also temporal or conceptual—take?
  • What political, artistic, or scientific practices can such spaces foster? How does distance from institutions help form alternative political, literary and artistic practices?

For more information visit: nottingham/research/conferences