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Board Members

Tracy Xavia Karner

Tracy Xavia Karner

IVSA Board Member

I have been involved with IVSA since I attended the first Bologna meetings 1996. This was also my introduction to visually focused research. As a long time photo-enthusiast, I am both a maker and appreciator of photographs of all genres. The IVSA  offered a way to bring both my love of photography together with my academic pursuits in Cultural Sociology. 

International Visual Sociology Association

University of Houston, Department of Sociology

Jerome Krase

Jerome Krase

IVSA Board Member

Although I am probably much better known as a Sociologist who studies Urban Neighborhoods and much more likely to define myself as an Activist or Public Scholar, almost all of my work has been "visual" in one way or another.  I came to my first International Visual Sociology Association meeting  in 1997 at the suggestion of a member of  the American Sociological Association Urban Community Section who thought what I did was "Visual Sociology." 

Brooklyn College CUNY, Department of Sociology

International Visual Sociology Association

Joanne Littlefield

Joanne Littlefield

IVSA Board Member

I love the debate that ensues when someone tells me, ‘you can’t read a photograph’. Knowing that the body of research continues to grow among visualistas considering the various aspects of all things visual heartens me and gives me backing for my debates. 

Colorado State University Extension

International Visual Sociology Association

Vincent O'Brien

Vincent O'Brien

Visible Voice | IVSA Board Member

Engage, Visualise, Change!

Formerly Professor of International Health and Visual Ethnography at the University of Cumbria I have always been someone who looks for opportunities ‘do something different’. A key motivation for my work as a teacher and researcher has been a desire to to open up and expose the networks of privilege and self interest that dominate and control knowledge creation, validation and exchange. Over the last decade or so developments in digital communications technologies such as digital video, photography, the internet and social networking have helped to make a few small cracks in established regimes that shape knowledge - power relations. Collaborative forms of research that aim to engage with rather than simply observe and analyse social life, that aim to construct collaborative visualisation and public sharing of lived experiences can help to make those cracks in the dominant knowledge regimes into doorways that will help to transform the lives of people, communities and societies.

I am now working independently aiming to extend the range and scope of collaborative visual ethnography for social change. Established in 2006, Visible Voice combines community engagement with research using the transformative power of participatory video, photography and public exhibition to engage communities in a self directed visual activism in pursuit of a better world. This work spans many cultures and communities including semi nomadic herder communities in Central Asia, residents of Rio de Janeiro’s favela communities, Gypsy-Travellers, refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants and intergenerational groups in the UK and elsewhere.

I haven't completely abandoned institutional academic world and I currently hold Visiting Professorships at Manchester Metropolitan University ,the Kazakh National Medical University, and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

International Visual Sociology Association

Kazakh National Medical University

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Greg Scott

Greg Scott

IVSA Board Member

I am the director of the Social Science Research Center and an associate professor in the department of sociology at DePaul University where I teach courses on substance use and abuse, underground economies, street gangs, consciousness, urban culture, ethnographic documentary film production, photographic/visual sociology, and other topics.

DePaul University, Social Science Research Center

International Visual Sociology Association

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