Visual Studies – Book Review Editor Position

After four years as Book Review Editor for Visual Studies, Annebella Pollen is stepping down. The International Visual Sociology Association is therefore looking to identify a suitable replacement for this important role. The role requires a broad awareness of the field, a commitment to high editorial standards and enthusiasm.

The duties of Book Review Editor include:

  • Receiving and, where appropriate, soliciting books for review from publishers, and forwarding them to review authors in a timely fashion
  • Identifying review authors and commissioning reviews, including extended review essays for particularly significant individual or linked publications
  • Communicating with review authors and advising on appropriate review length and matters of style
  • Ensuring submitted reviews meet the editorial standards of the journal prior to publication
  • Working with the review authors and the journal editor to identify appropriate visual material to accompany selected reviews
  • Developing the journal’s book reviews policy in conjunction with the journal editor and the film and multimedia review editor

IVSA welcomes expressions of interest in the role. Please supply a brief statement (max. 500 words) explaining your interest in the role, what you bring to the journal and prior editing/publishing experience, plus a CV. Submissions to the editor by May 1, 2017.

Informal enquiries or any questions may be directed to the journal editors or IVSA President.

IVSA President: Professor Douglas Harper
Visual Studies editor: Professor Timothy Shortell
Visual Studies associate editor: Scott Lizama


  • 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


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

    Nicholas Mirzoeff


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

    James Reston

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


    Every photograph promises more than it delivers and delivers more than it intended.

    Steve Harp


    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


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

    Pierre Bourdieu


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

    William S. Burroughs

  • 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


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

    Lisa Kristine

  • 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

  • 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


    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


    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


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

    Bertolt Brecht

  • So it is my firm belief, that if you want nowadays, to have a clear and distinct communication of your concepts, you have to use synthetic images, no longer words.

    Vilém Flusser



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