#IVSA2021 Call for Posters and Visual/Creative Multimedia Submissions

Research Posters are a graphic way to present research

A key feature of our upcoming online conference will be a series of live interactive poster sessions designed to showcase our emerging visual and creative work. The purpose of a poster exhibition is to convey to a wide audience a research project’s significance to scholars in the field and its potential significance to the general public.

The poster session will take place at the IVSA’s conference centre on Gather.Town, an intuitive and easy-to-navigate online platform for creating an interactive 2D world with retro visual graphics. Participants’ avatars will be able to walk around the IVSA’s conference centre using their keyboard’s arrow keys. The poster sessions will take place in dedicated poster exhibition space where they will be pre-loaded and organized using thumbnail images – an experience similar to an in-person conference. To get an idea of what the space is like, feel free to visit IVSA’s conference centre on Gather.Town, but please note that it’s still under construction!

To view a poster, conference attendees only need to press the “X” key, which will also enable them to interact by video chat with the poster presenter. When you are in a private space near a poster, you will only be interacting with other people looking at the poster, and not the neighbouring posters. This promotes interaction with the poster presenter without disrupting conversations going on around other posters in the room. We’ve chosen this platform to ensure a more engaging experience where poster presenters and delegates can interact with one another – much like at a real-life poster session!

Please submit your poster abstracts here:

Submit abstract to Easychair


March 10th, 2021: Abstract due
March 22nd, 2021: Notification of result
May 15th, 2021 Final Poster Upload Deadline (on Gather.town):

Formatting guidelines for creating your poster

Must include: Name & contact info/Affiliation/Project title and funding sources (if applicable)

Formats for research posters include: jpeg or png (high resolution)

Formats for multimedia research creations include: a still image, multiple still images, interactive websites (e.g., thinglink.com), video with/out audio, etc.

Delegates should be present to describe their work during the exhibition at the synchronous virtual conference July 5-8, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

For any questions, please contact IVSA2021@gmail.com



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

    Bertolt Brecht


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

    William S. Burroughs


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

    Nicholas Mirzoeff


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

    Pierre Bourdieu


    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


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

    James Reston

  • 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


    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


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

    Steve Harp

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


    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



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