IVSA Annual Conference
Montreal, Canada JUNE 19-22, 2017
The International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) invites submissions for its 35th annual meeting that will take place at Concordia University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture [CISSC]) in Montreal, Canada.
The 2017 IVSA conference is 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. By drawing on eclectic sources, modelling cross-disciplinary fertilization and collaborative knowledge building, and by developing metaconcepts derived from a life-long interest in “communication and conduct in everyday life,” Goffman’s work challenges visual sociology to find ways to dialogue with audiences across the academy and beyond in an endeavour to bring sociological understandings to the micro level of the everyday, but also to help connect it to broader public issues.
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
Abstracts may also address other topics relating to visual methods, theories, and the visual analysis of society, culture and social relationships, and are not limited to the general themes of the conference.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Reframing Goffman and the visual
- Framing, reframing visual methodologies
- Framing, reframing visual theory
- “Facing” and framing social change
- Activism, engagement and “situatedness”
- Visibility, invisibility and stigma
- Dramaturgy and performance
- Surveillance and resurgence
- Images and identity
- Game playing, social interaction and virtual image worlds
- Presentation rituals and social order
- Impression management and social media
- The senses in everyday life
- Gatherings and encounters: sociological publics
- Hyper-ritualization and gender ads in the 21st century
- Visual ethics, collaboration & reflexivity in research
- Framing the city
Registration is open to all IVSA members at the following amounts:
Members in country groups A+B
Standard Registration $190, Student Registration $100
Members in country group C
Standard Registration $100, Student Registration $80
If you are unsure which group you are in please select your country:
Jan. 22 2017 Paper, Panel or Film abstracts
Feb. 22 2017 Poster or Exhibit abstracts
Paper & Poster abstracts: 200-400 words
Panel Proposals: 250 word overview + 3x 300 word abstracts.
Film Screening: 500 words abstract.
Book your place
You must be a paid member of IVSA to register for the conference.