The IVSA is governed by its Executive Board, which consists of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Technology Advisor, Visual Studies Editor, Graduate Student Representative and nine elected Board Members.

The following IVSA Executive Board position is now open for nominations and self-nominations:

  • Graduate Student Representative (GSR)

The Graduate Student Representative is a full-fledged board member position, with all the rights and responsibilities of any other board member position. The GSR serves a one-year term, with a second year of service contingent on Presidential re-appointment if appropriate (i.e., the member is still a student). The Graduate Student Representative is expected to attend at least one IVSA conference during their term of service and is entitled to receive up to $1,000 in travel grant assistance for the annual board meeting that occurs the day prior to the annual conference proceedings.

Board members are expected to participate in Board discussions and decision making in an ongoing manner through online communication, and to play an active role on various IVSA standing and ad hoc committees.

Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted until 29 July 2018. All nominees must be members of the IVSA.

Each nomination or self-nomination must be accompanied by (1) a short statement (250 word maximum) that describes your academic, other relevant background and interest in the IVSA, and (2) a high-quality profile photo that can be posted on the IVSA website.

Nominations should be completed and submitted using this form by 29 July 2018.

Election Nomination

To position: Graduate Student Representative (GSR)
Photo of nominee for website.


A committee of the Executive Board will review all nominations for the Graduate Student Representative position and make a binding recommendation to the President. The GSR term of service will begin no later than 1 September 2018.



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

    Pierre Bourdieu


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

    Steve Harp


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

    James Reston

  • 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


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

    William S. Burroughs


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

    Bertolt Brecht

  • 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

  • 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


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

    Lisa Kristine


    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


    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

  • 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


    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


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

    Nicholas Mirzoeff

  • 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



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