36th Annual IVSA Conference
University of Paris-Saclay – University of Evry, Evry, France
Where: University of Paris-Saclay – University of Evry, Evry, France
When: June 25-28, 2018
Submission Deadlines: Feb 15, 2018
All communication to: IVSA2018evry@sciencesconf.org
VISUALIZING THE POLITICAL PROCESS
We have a particular focus on “transparency” and democracy as well as the struggle for and against power in authoritarian societies. We regard power as contested, resisted, opposed and recreated in a myriad of ways and in a continual flow of social activity. Investigations of politics and power in the mature democracies of the West, but also in contested democracies in developing countries and democratic struggles inside authoritarian societies.
WHY THE UNIVERSITY OF EVRY
For many years sociologists have made films, but until recently film has had a marginal role as a fully accredited sociological method.
In 1998, Joyce Sebag, working with a team of social sciences and humanities scholars and cinema professionals (screenwriters, directors, operators, sound engineers, editors) created a filmic sociology master’s program at the University of Evry. She has long been a proponent of film as a sociological method, and has also been convinced that social scientists doing “filmic sociology” needed professional film making skills. So, in the Image et société master, courses are half social sciences and half film making. Every year, each student completes his master’s program with a 15’ film.
Since then, filmic sociology has become an important stream of the research at the Centre Pierre Naville, at the University of Evry. There are now Professors and PhD students who make a film as an integral part of their dissertation.
Sociological photography has also played an important role at the sociology department of the university of Evry. Jean-Pierre Durand, the founder of the department and the laboratory, was also a professional photographer. As a result, photography-centered visual sociology has been an integral part of the Centre Pierre Naville.
The team has long worked to have visual and filmic sociology academically recognized. The Evry team created the “Sociologie Visuelle et Filmique” research network within the French Association of Sociology, and in 2016, the Evry team has been joined by Genova University’s Laboratorio di Sociologia Visuale. Together, we initiated the “Visual and Filmic Sociology” research stream of the European Sociological Association and the Genova team is also part of the IVSA conference team.
Organizing the 36th IVSA conference is also a way for the Evry team to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Image and Society master degree program.
Now, University of Evry is part of the Paris-Saclay COMUE: a community of south Paris academic institutions.
ABOUT IVSA & THE CONFERENCE
The IVSA is a non-profit, democratic and professional organization devoted to the visual study of society, culture, and social relationships. Our members represent a wide spectrum of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, education, visual communication, photography, filmmaking, art and journalism. While strongly rooted in the discipline of sociology, the IVSA welcomes participation from a wide range of disciplinary and artistic approaches. We also encourage those unfamiliar with visual methods and analysis to visually innovate and experiment in their respective areas of substantive specialization.
As well as panel sessions, the conference may include featured films, a student poster competition, keynote and spotlight panels, “walking the city” experiences and workshops. The 2018 Rieger and Prosser Award winners will be announced and celebrated.
Publication opportunities: Visual Studies (IVSA affiliated), Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE), and The Senses and Society have expressed interest in publishing top papers (or films, in the case of JVE) from the conference.
Registration is now open to all IVSA members at the following amounts:
Members in country groups A+B
Standard Registration $190, Student Registration $100
Members in country group C
Standard Registration $100, Student Registration $80
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