CALL FOR PANEL ORGANIZERS – International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference

Publish Date: Jan 12, 2013

Deadline: Jan 15, 2012

Event Dates: from Jul 08, 2013 12:00 to Jul 10, 2013 12:00

Call for Papers Date:   2013-07-01

CALL FOR PANEL ORGANIZERS  The International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference will take place from 8 to 10 July 2013 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The conference will be hosted by CUCR – Centre for Urban and Community Research (

We invite visual sociologists and related scholars, including independent scholars and other visual practitioners, to submit proposals for panels. A panel will comprise a chair or commentator and four presentations. Each panel will be allocated a 2 hour session.

To submit a panel proposal we invite you to provide a title and abstract. The abstract must not exceed 400 words and should be phrased as a call for papers. It must include an email address paper proposals can be sent to. A short biography of the person(s) submitting and chairing the panel should also be included (up to 200 words, including affiliation and recent publications, activities). Alternatively, it is possible to submit complete panel proposals, in this case as well as a title and abstract for the panel, 4 paper titles and abstracts should be presented, along with biographical details of all presenters.

In a second round the call for papers will be issued. Proposals for individual papers will be submitted directly to panel organizers. They will be in charge of selecting them and informing the conference organizers about their selection. They will also have the option to re-direct to the conference organizers proposals that they feel are interesting but cannot fit (for reasons of topic or space) in their panel.

The deadline for panel submissions is 15th January 2013. These should be sent by email to:

Panel organizers will be notified of the decision regarding their proposals by 5th February 2013.

The call for papers will be open until the end of March.

Paper presenters will be notified by the end of April.

We will require that panel organizers and presenters of selected papers register for the conference by the end of May.

Conference Theme

Inspired by Michael Burawoy’s concept of “public sociology,” we dedicate the 2013 IVSA conference to the concept of the “public image”, and the ways that visual sociology can meet Burawoy’s challenge to bring a sociological understanding of social life to a vibrant, active and diverse public. Public sociology endeavors to bring sociology into dialogue with audiences beyond the academy, an open dialogue in which both sides deepen their understanding of public issues. Submissions are sought on the following topics, although panels that examine other aspects of visual sociology are welcome:

  • Activism and Engagement
  • Walking and Seeing the City
  • Surveillance
  • Public and Private Images
  • Resilience and Urban Change
  • Social Networks and Virtual Image Worlds New Visual Methodologies Rethinking Visual Theory Urban Visibilities and Invisibilities Visual Ethics Visualising Sociological Publics

As well as the parallel panel session, the conference will also include poster sessions, keynote and plenary addresses, self guided “walking the city” experiences and workshops.

The 2013 Rieger Award will be announced and celebrated at one of several receptions hosted during the meetings.


Carolina Ramirez

CUCR, Sociology Department

Goldsmiths, University of London


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