What’s Up With the IVSA April 2020
IVSA Members receive a monthly newsletter called “What’s Up” because we want to support the wider community at this time we are sharing this to none members as well this month. Please consider becoming a member today.
Of all the “What’s Up with IVSA” we have written in the past couple of years, this is probably the most peculiar. For the first time, most of us no matter where we are, are doing the same thing … staying at home. Confinement, though, cannot take away our visual curiosity about the world. We just have to put in practice what Charles Wright Mills suggested back in 1959: to trigger our sociological imagination, to scape our own circumstances and look at the wider picture.
That´s right: even if we are confined, we are not alone. Our experience is, now more than ever, the experience of millions of people, and as researchers, scholars, artists, and activists, we have a unique opportunity to navigate what we are living at this moment, put it in conversation with what we already know about the world, look for alternative perspectives, and then link it with the broader society. This simple, yet elaborated, process is what the sociological imagination is about.
What can visual research offer at this time? We see visual imagination as an intrinsic part of Wright´s concept. We can use images, whether mental or real, to stimulate negotiations between us and society, to design new research questions, to awaken memories and fuel new ones, to envision our future, to see what we cannot physically see at this moment, to see differently what we see in our everyday routine, and, above all, to transgress our confinement through intellectual visual actions. For instance, I have never observed my city from the roof of my home in the same way as I do it now. My neighborhood and its people are acquiring new meanings. All of a sudden, I am seeing with new eyes something that was always there.
Resources have been shared by scholars around the world supporting each other in these difficult times. In the context of our association, we have many members who face extraordinary challenges right now, and the uncertainty of knowing whether they will still have positions to return to in the fall, as well as the question of what will happen with course work, not to mention the tragedy of loved ones and colleagues who lost their lives to Covid-19. In solidarity we have gathered some messages of reflection on, and support for, different aspects of what many are living through. We are not alone, though it may seem dark, we need to reach out to each other and hold onto our communities. This will end.
- Many inequalities have been exacerbated, overall women are having a more difficult time.
- Work-life balance is a challenge under any circumstances, but now many of us are overwhelmed
- Being kind to yourself.
- Is it time to re-think our values in Academia?
IVSA Dublin postponed until 2021: Reminder
We were very sad to have had to postpone the IVSA 2020 to July 5-8, 2021 in Dublin. And we would like to reiterate that if your paper, workshop or film was accepted for presentation at the 2020 conference, it will be automatically accepted into the 2021 conference program.
Additionally, we will run another call for papers in the fall. However, if you are not able to attend next year´s meeting or you decide to change your presentation, you may withdraw your submission at any time. For questions regarding refunds, resubmissions, and more, please, contact our Dublin team at firstname.lastname@example.org
With this in mind, we are sure that our next conference will have an incredible amount of contributions regarding engaging the senses in times of social emergency. But you do not need to wait until 2021 if you don´t want to. You can always submit your paper to our journal Visual Studies. Remember to subscribe to our organization to receive the journal issues, and all the resources available in our website.
Call for proposals: IVSA conference hosting 2022, 2023 and 2024
We would like to take this moment to remind members that we are accepting proposals to host IVSA’s annual conferences in 2022, 2023, and 2024. Please see the call page.
Visual Studies journal: Embarking on a new era
Visual Studies has a new Editorial Team in place!
Our plan was to create an Editor Team to help to distribute the editorial work on the journal; to form a non-hierarchical team comprising of members with a range of skills, experience and ideas; and, to put in place a dynamic team of Editors to collaborate, consult and work as a highly effective and democratically organized operation. Please join us in congratulating the new editorial team members:
- Gary Bratchford, Co-Editor
- John Grady, Specialist Editor: Film/Video and Multimedia
- Susan Hansen, Specialist Editor: Visual Essays and Images
- Derek Conrad Murray, Co-Editor
- Julie Patarin-Jossec, Specialist Editor: Special Issues and Book Reviews
Taking Time to Look Back
Innovative, international and interdisciplinary from the beginning, IVSA began with a small group of visionary scholars. In 1983, during the American Sociology Association national meetings in Detroit, a few sociologists responded to a query for those interested in visual sociology to cross the border into Canada to meet at the University of Windsor. At the meeting, the group developed a minimal organizational structure to advance what was then a non-existent field, and the IVSA was born. Within a few years, IVSA held their first conference in 1986, and published the proceedings in their journal, Visual Sociology (later renamed Visual Studies).
When did you discover the IVSA? What part of our history can you share? IVSA’s visual archivist, Xavia Karner (email@example.com), is collecting stories, memories, photographs, artifacts, etc. of IVSA history. A lot has happened in the 37 years of IVSA’s existence, and we are asking for your help to document our organizational history. We hope to create a digital IVSA archive and want to include your IVSA experiences. Please send your contributions to Xavia at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Finally, we are having vivid conversations in our Facebook group page, which we invite you to visit! Stay strong, visualistas! We will see each other again very soon in Dublin!!!!
Peace and Seny*
Yole and CC
*Seny: common sense and good judgment in Catalan