Wendy and I would love to receive your abstracts for our panel at the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, July 2014. See below for full details if you are interested. Please note that the call closes on September 30th 2013.
The Use of Visual Methods in Ageing Research
Joint session of RC11 Sociology of Aging and WG03 Visual Sociology [host committee]
Session in English
In recent years there have been significant developments in our understandings and explorations about age and ageing, with new theorising, new methodologies and new topics evident. One of these developments has been the use of visual methodologies to elicit insights into age and ageing. Exploring the visual is seen as a means to uncover significant insights into how micro processes of daily life are linked to wider socio-cultural discourses; performative aspects of culture often hidden within the everyday; to make visible the mundane and taken-for-granted; to stimulate debate; and to reveal meanings and understandings in context. Whilst the use of visual methods can be experienced as empowering and participatory by older people, the development of visual research has also presented researchers with new complexities and challenges in relation to ethical, theoretical, analytical and methodological issues.
The aim of this panel is to bring together researchers who are using a wide variety of different visual methods to study social aspects of age and ageing.
We welcome abstracts that explore and debate different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical findings when using visual methods in ageing research. In particular we plan to explore and debate the possibilities and difficulties when developing visual methodologies.
Presenters will be asked to send a draft of their full papers (of 6000 words, including references) to session organizers by 12 June 2014 (one month prior to the conference).