Call for Nominations to its Executive Board.

IVSA is now inviting a call for nominations to its Executive Board.

The IVSA is governed by its Executive Board, which consists of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Technology Advisor, Visual Studies Editor, Student Board Member and nine elected Board Members. The Editor and Technology Advisor are nominated by the President and ratified by the Executive Board.

The following IVSA Executive Board positions are now open for nominations:

  • President (3-year term)
  • Vice President (3-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)
  • 3 Board members, regular term (3 years)
  • 1 Board member, one-year term.

Board members are expected to participate in Board discussions and decision making in an ongoing manner through email communication, and to play an active role on various IVSA standing and ad hoc committees. Additionally, during their three-year term, they are expected to attend at least two Board Meetings held the day prior to the annual conference.

Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted until 26th November 2017. All nominees must be members of the IVSA. Also, only IVSA members in good standing (i.e., dues paid in full) will be eligible to vote.

Each nomination or self-nomination must be accompanied by a short statement (250 word maximum; longer statements will be edited by the election committee) that describes your academic, other relevant background and interest in the IVSA, and a profile photo that can be posted on the IVSA website.

Voting will take place during the first two weeks of December.


Also, please be sure that you are a current member (dues paid in full) of IVSA so that you can vote in the election!

Nominations may also be sent to Election Chairs before 26th November 2017:
Yannis Skarpelos: and Gill Golding:


  • We never really know what’s around the corner when we’re filming – what turn a story will take, what a character will do or say to surprise us, how the events in the world will impact our story.

    Barbara Kopple


    One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.

    Lisa Kristine

  • Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.

    George Lucas


    Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must change.

    Bertolt Brecht


    Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must change.

    Bertolt Brecht


    If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close at home, it’s sociology.

    James Reston

  • If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you’re dumb and blind.

    Salman Rushdie


    There are dignified stupidities, and there are heroic stupidities, and there is such a thing as stupid stupidities, and that would be a stupid stupidity not to have a camera on board.

    Werner Herzog


    Visual culture is now the study of how to understand change in a world too enormous to see but vital to imagine.

    Nicholas Mirzoeff


    For any picture, ask yourself what question or questions it might be answering. Since the picture could answer many, questions, we can decide what question we are interested in.

    Howard Becker


    The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of.

    Zygmunt Bauman

  • You try your hardest to give people their space, but at moments you know you’re capturing their image in ways they may or may not be okay with. It’s that rocking back and forth between respect and betrayal that I feel like is at the heart of the film.

    Kirsten Johnson

  • Photographers learn to interpret photographs in that technical way because they want to understand and use that ‘language’ themselves (just as musicians learn a more technical musical language than the layman needs). Social scientists who want to work with visual materials will have to learn to approach them in this more studious and time-consuming way

    Howard Becker


    Sometimes one picture is equal to 30 pages of discourse, just as there are things images are completely incapable of communicating.

    William S. Burroughs


    The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.

    Pierre Bourdieu

  • I believe that we face incredible obstacles in our attempts to see the world. Everything in our nature tries to deny the world around us; to refabricate it in our own image; to reinvent it for our own benefit. And so, it becomes something of a challenge, a task, to recover (or at least attempt to recover) the real world despite all the impediments to that end.

    Errol Morris

  • Give us adequate images. We lack adequate images. Our civilization does not have adequate images. And I think a civilization is doomed or is going to die out like dinosaurs if it doesn’t develop an adequate language for adequate images.

    Werner Herzog

  • Watching a documentary with people hacking their way through some polar wasteland is merely a visual. Actually trying to deal with cold that can literally kill you is quite a different thing.

    Henry Rollins


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