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


The Social Acoustical Resonance

A blog post from Nastasia Alexandru, one of the Goldsmiths MA Visual Sociology students, on listening to London as a sociological research method: 

The Future of Art is Urban

Artistic Research Practices and Methods in Social Sciences

////// 30 May – 14 June 2014 · Enclave (Deptford · South East London)
/////// work by Visual Sociology PhD students from Goldsmiths · curated by Katalin Halász

The Future of Art is Urban blends the borders between art and social science. The exhibition presents a wide range of different social research practices in which knowledge is produced through artistic approaches. Participants use the city as a site of confrontation and interaction and invite our immediate reflections. 

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See the website here and the catalogue here.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Goldsmiths Sociology, and is organised in celebration of the 20 years of the Centre for Urban and Community Research.

Photography & Participation

November 2010: 15th to 24th / 6 talks
The Photographer’s Gallery: Downstairs at Yumchaa, 45 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SF.

Dr TJ Demos: An Informal Talk on Photography & Participation
Mon 15 November, 19.00
Location: 7-9 William Road, NW1 3ER

Prof Arnd Schneider: Camera Positions: Remarks on Observer and Observed in Art and Anthropology
Wed 17 November, 18.30

Dr Paul Jeff (Paul+A) and artist Ben Judd: Performance and the Camera
Thu 18 November, 18.30

Dave Beech: Photography & Relational Aesthetics
Mon 22 November, 18.30

Prof Andrew Dewdney and photographer Anthony Luvera: Community Photographic Practices
Tue 23 November, 18.30

Dr Anthony Downey: The Ethics of Participatory Practice
Wed 24 November, 18.30

Except for the talk with Dr TJ Demos, all of the events are free, booking essential

booking and info here.

The lure of the lens

October 2010: 27th

The lure of the lens in art practice and research methods.

Tate Britain, 14.00–17.00

Although much has been written about the lens as a colonial tool, film and other lens-based media remain the media of choice for many contemporary artists and increasingly are also being used as an alternative methodology within the research community.

The seminar will take as its starting point current research carried out in Damascus and Amman by geographer Jessica Jacobs (Royal Holloway, University of London). Jacobs uses a form of participatory film-making as the key method for her research, with the camera being used to reveal new insights into how we navigate place and the past.

The seminar will additionally bring together a number of artists/practitioners to show work and compare similar forms of experimental film and video practices. It ultimately seeks to address how artists and researchers use lens based practices as creative methodologies, identify where, if at all, similarities may be found between their approaches and to create the space for further discussion and understanding between the two fields.

more information here.