IVSA 2020: Call for Papers


Visualising Social Changes: Seen and Unseen

Submission Deadline Extended: Monday 6 January 2020
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We are delighted to share the Call for Papers for the IVSA 2020 Annual Conference at UCD in Dublin, Ireland with you. Our theme – Visualising Social Changes: Seen and Unseen – is meant to highlight the reality that our societies are constantly changing from the individual level in our own everyday lives to the planet level effects of human induced climate change. It is also meant to confront those who wish to freeze and reverse social change, returning to a nostalgic populist past in which things were better and people were more like me. It is meant too to challenge ourselves as visual sociologists to address the conceptual and methodological issues that arise from attempting to visually document ever-changing social processes from a particular perspective using static or delimited moving forms such as photographs, video and film.

The 2020 International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference at UCD in Dublin, Ireland invites abstracts for papers, photo essays, posters, films and workshops that explore the theme “Visualising Social Changes: Seen and Unseen”.

We also welcome abstracts that address topics relating more generally to visual theories and methods, and visual analysis of society and culture. These proposals need not specifically address the theme of the conference.


All presenters should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words through the EasyChair conference management system. Prior to submitting, you will need to create an EasyChair account if you do not already have one. We have also provided links below to help pages if you have problems. Submission deadline is now extended to Monday, January 6, 2020.

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Abstracts must include the following:

  1. Title of presentation
  2. Name of presenter(s) as it will appear in the program
  3. Organization/Affiliation of presenter(s)
  4. Email address of presenter(s)
  5. Type of presentation (paper, film, etc.) at the top of the abstract
  6. Abstract text (250 words, maximum)
  7. Keywords (three or four)

All submissions, regardless of their central medium (text, film/video, photography, illustration, web-/app-based, etc.) will be evaluated on their scholarly and scientific-analytic merit. All accepted submissions will be delivered as research presentations in the context of a panel. Some films and photographs may be selected by the review committee for featured exhibition at the conference.

All conference presenters and attendees must be members of the IVSA.

Participants can only be a lead author on one presentation. In the case of multiple authored papers, all authors must be members of the IVSA and pay conference fees to be listed on the programme.

The IVSA does not encourage full-panel submissions (a completed panel with committed presenters) because it cannot guarantee the attendance of conference participants).

The Conference Committee will select submissions for inclusion in a panel session which will normally compose four presentations of 15 minutes each, assuming all presenters are present at the panel.

Video- and film-based presentations include works-in-progress in addition to screening completed works. Abstracts for these works should be submitted in the same manner as paper presentations with the expectation that screened excerpts will follow the presentation length of 15 minutes. Filmmakers should include a link to their file (along with the password, if protected) within their abstract.

The Conference Committee will also evaluate and select workshops during the conference. Workshops at previous IVSA conferences have included on-site photo and film assignments and editing workshops. Workshops normally take place during the three days of the conference, and typically include a one- to two-hour session on the first day, and a three hour session on the final day in which participants present their work.


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