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People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine

People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine

People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine offers a rich and fascinating insight into South Africa at the very beginning of the apartheid era through Bryan Heseltine’s previously unpublished photography of the early 1950s.

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Youth of Mahachkala

Youth of Mahachkala

This film was made in frames of the sociological research project (Russian Scientific Foundation) “Fields of positive interethnic interactions and youth cultural scenes in the Russian cities”.

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Rebel Video: The video movement of the 1970s and 1980s

Rebel Video: The video movement of the 1970s and 1980s

In the 1970s and 1980s, young activists discovered video as a new medium and used moving images in their struggle for access to cultural expression for the many, not the few. They were researching and developing new forms of independent and participatory media work – an important step towards realizing the utopian promises of the digital age.

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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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News/updates

2021 Conference update

As you know, we had to cancel the 2020 Dublin conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that all of the papers accepted into that program are now being rolled over to the 2021 program, which will follow the same theme of “Visualizing Social Changes: Seen and Unseen.” Conference registration will open on February 1, 2021. Fee waiver grants will shortly be available to encourage the participation of members who might otherwise not be able to attend and present their work.

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Visual Studies: Call for COVID-19 visual essays

Deadline for submissions December 15 2020

This is a call for visual essays focused on the global pandemic and its ongoing social, economic and emotional impact. 2020 has been a year of rapid adjustment internationally, as households around the world were instructed to ‘lockdown’ and to socially distance to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This call aims to bring together contemporary visual scholarship on the pandemic in a special section of Visual Studies to be published in 2021.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Bertolt Brecht

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

    William S. Burroughs

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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

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

    Pierre Bourdieu

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

    Lisa Kristine

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

    James Reston

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RT @sociologyworc: Great thread on how these two girls are still friends today but it's the first time they'd seen this image taken 40+ yea…

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