The 2017 IVSA conference was dedicated to the concepts of “Framing & Reframing”, and “The Everyday” inspired by one of Canada’s most influential sociologists, and also one of the most cited authors in the humanities and social science, Erving Goffman.
MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC Montreal, Canada JUNE 19-22, 2017
was born in Alberta, Canada to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants: he studied sociology at the University of Toronto, and completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Chicago. His work is of enduring interest in Visual Sociology and beyond. Goffman’s legacy extends from “impression management” to “face-work and selfhood”, “dramaturgy” to “total institutions” and merits re-visiting in the context of 21st century mediated culture.
“Today we are still faced with Goffman’s concern that categorization by ethnicity, race, and gender do not adequately index the complexity of social identities and how they are structured in real life. The fact of complex social identities and the need for public institutions to figure out ways to accommodate to a broader range of acceptable behavior has become a crisis in many of our schools and other public settings. More now than ever, we need better understanding of the complex elements of civility in our globalizing world.” -Marilyn Merritt
What does Visual Sociology mean to you?
At the closing night reception in Montreal last summer, IVSA board members Yolanda Hernández-Albújarand and Violetta Tsitsiliani used a voice recorder and iPhone camera to collect members’ responses to this important question. This has now become the basis of a new IVSA project.