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The Amazons First Ladies Fire Brigade, Australia

The Amazons First Ladies Fire Brigade, Australia

“What shall we do with our girls” is a personal narrative that tells a little of the journey that emerged as a result of uncovering “The Amazons” and subsequent images. The photographs were generative of other creative works. As a result of the photographs, I collaborated with costumier Gracie Matthews to reproduce the operational and dress uniforms of The Amazons. These were then paraded by contemporary female fire fighters as part of my key note address to the Australasian Women in Fire Fighting Conference, Sydney Australia, June 2006.

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Scratching the Surface: A Rapid Research Appraisal of Graffiti in Manchester

Scratching the Surface: A Rapid Research Appraisal of Graffiti in Manchester

Graffiti artists at Eurocultured 2007 in Manchester talk about the origins, inspirations and motivations for their work. (First shown at the International Visual Sociology Association Conference, New York University, July 2007.)

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The Handbook of Participatory Video

The Handbook of Participatory Video

Participatory video is a growing area of research and an increasingly popular tool among researchers and NGOs working with communities around the world. The Handbook of Participatory Video advances the field, engaging critically with it as a research methodology and method and interrogating assumptions about its emancipatory nature and potential for social change.

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Following the Absence Track in Manchester: Traces and Leisure sites in Peter Street

Following the Absence Track in Manchester: Traces and Leisure sites in Peter Street

An online version of a dissertation by Gonzalez Miguez, Carlota. This study is an initial attempt to investigate the idea of absence in the context of the city of Manchester, following the traces left by the buildings that do not exist anymore or have a different function. A group of six buildings, consisting in theatres that were in Peter street have been selected to represent this idea.

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IVSA ELECTIONS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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 Editor, Technology Advisor, and Graduate Student Representative are nominated by the President and ratified by the Executive Board.

The following IVSA Executive Board positions are up for election:

  • 3 Board members, regular term (3 years)

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IVSA 2020: Call for Papers

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.

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    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

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

    William S. Burroughs

  • 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

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

    Nicholas Mirzoeff

  • 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

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

    Lisa Kristine

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

    Bertolt Brecht

  • 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

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

    Pierre Bourdieu

  • 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

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    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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    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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Steve Harp

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

    James Reston

  • 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

  • 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

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