IVSA Special Election Call

We are delighted to announce a call for self-nominations for a special 1-year position on the Executive Board of Directors of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA). The position’s term will begin immediately upon successful election and end on 30 June 2023.

Self-nominations will be accepted until 19 June 2022 and must be completed online below. All nominees must be members of the IVSA and will need to log into this website to access the nomination form.

The candidate who wins the 1-year term will begin their service immediately, with full voting rights, as this position is meant to fill a vacancy created by the departure of a board member.

Being part of the Executive Board is a great opportunity for members to be involved with all aspects of the development of the IVSA. Please read the statement of “Expectations and Responsibilities for IVSA Board Members”.

Each self-nomination must be accompanied by a short statement (a firm 250-word maximum) that describes:

  • your background and interest in the IVSA, and
  • how you envision making contributions to the organization (please refer to the Expectations and Responsibilities for Board Members, along with a profile photo that can be posted on the elections page of the IVSA website.

Nominations should be completed online by 19 June 2022 using the online form below. Please note that the 250-word limit is firm; the text will be cut off at the 250-word mark.

Only IVSA members may make nominations. If you are already a member of the IVSA please log into your account and return to this page to make a nomination (once you are logged in a form will be visible). If you are not yet a member please consider becoming one today.

If you have any enquiries or would like to gain more information about service on the board of directors, please contact any of the 2021 Elections Officers:

Greg Scott: gscott@depaul.edu
Gaby David: championnet4@yahoo.fr
John Grady: grady_john@wheatoncollege.edu

Voting will take place between 20-25 June 2022.

We are looking forward to receiving your nominations.

Kind regards
Greg, Gaby, and John



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

    Nicholas Mirzoeff


    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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

    Pierre Bourdieu


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

    James Reston


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

    Steve Harp

  • 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


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

    Lisa Kristine


    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


    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

  • 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

  • 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


    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

  • 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


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

    William S. Burroughs

  • 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


Katy Wareham Morris

RT @sociologyworc: ‘Parts of town are just destroyed’: the ghost shops of Kent in pictures #VisualSociology theguardian.com/artanddesign/2…

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