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


How to do Sociology with…?

Date: 19th March 2015, 4.30-6.30pm, RHB 2.107, Goldsmiths

At Goldsmiths, we practice sociology with a variety of things, from buildings to music and social media. But how do we do this?

Join us for an afternoon of show-and-tell with students and staff of the Goldsmiths’ sociology Department, including:

Bells and whistles | Aidan Kelly

Big Data | Evelyn Ruppert

A Building | Marina da Silva

Coffee | Jess Perriam

Costume|Kat Jungnickel

An Experiment | Michael Guggenheim

Film | Nirmal Puwar

A Mango | Alex Rhys Taylor

Music | Les Back

Postcards | Beckie Coleman

Words | Mariam Motamedi-Fraser

All speakers teach or study on our post-graduate programmes. So if you are thinking of post-graduate study in the area of sociology, come along.

Email to find out more.

To see the poster: Sociology poster 19 March 15

This is Visual Sociology exhibition, September 2014

Some of the first cohort of the MA in Visual Sociology organised an exhibition of work produced over the year.

Photographs by Marina da Silva.









Detail from work by Ali Eisa.



Detail from work by Rose Delcour Min.



Detail from work by Roz Mortimer.



Detail from work by Marina da Silva.



Detail from work by Clare Kileen.