IVSA 2009 Conference Call

(I’ve excerpted from the longer call, which should appear shortly on the IVSA site.)

Clarification about the process: as I understand it (and as I recall from the 2007 conference), they try to organize panels and sessions by (1) asking people to propose panels and then (2) asking people to submit papers to/for specific panels; but papers that don’t fit can be submitted, too.

I organized a panel in 2007 on which Morgan Ames and I presented papers.  I directly invited some other people I knew to be doing relevant work who didn’t usually come to IVSA, and decided not to attend.  The conference organizers then sent the panel organizers the complete set of abstracts that had been submitted, for us to look for proposed papers that were (1) relevant and (2) of good quality, insofar as we could tell from the abstracts.  If I remember correctly, other people contacted me with directly later, with proposed papers.  So the panel ended up being a mix of people I knew and had invited, and people I didn’t know who submitted abstracts that I deemed appropriate.

I’m thinking about proposing a panel — haven’t decided what topic.


IVSA conference 2009, University of Cumbria, UK, July 22nd – 24th: 

‘Appreciating the views: how we’re looking at the social and visual landscape’

The 2009 International Visual Sociology Association conference will be held in the north-west UK region of Cumbria, probably better known as the English Lake District.  It’s being jointly hosted by the University of Cumbria and one of its Research Institutes, the Centre for Landscape and Environmental Arts Research (CLEAR).  The conference will address two interrelated main themes; of subject – Landscape and the Environment, and of approach – the varied methodologies of visual enquiry.


Call for Panels: Closing Date: 24th November 2008 (24.00 GMT)
Possible start points for panels might include:

Ideas and representations of the wild
Definitions of the urban and the rural
Visual dimensions in environmental politics
Changes in landscape use
Land based lives and occupations
Land based sports and activities
Landscape representation
Landscape and identity
Landscape as a representation of nationalism
Environment defined above concepts of nation
‘Act local think global’ – the politicised environment
Intersections between local and global landscape
Contested claims to the land – challenges to developments etc.
Landscape aesthetics and their appreciation – the sublime etc.
Landscape intervention – national parks etc.
Colonial and post-colonial mapping of identity
Landscape ideologies in advertising, film etc.
Creative interpretations of landscape and the environment

(This is of course not by any means an exhaustive list – remembering that we are a visually based organisation, we do actively expect ideas and themes which expand and enhance this kind of indicative perspective)

Panel organisers are expected to provide: a panel title, a 250 to 300 word summary / abstract expanding the intentions that inform their intended panel theme, their contact details, and a very brief simple identifying sentence on themselves / the panel chair. (i.e. “Attila is a project leader at the Pan-Asiatic Institute of Land Conquest, and has long standing research interests in travel and social anthropology”.

The full list of accepted panels and their organisers will appear on the IVSA website soon after this, along with the more detailed call for individual papers.

Call for Papers: First ‘open’ closing date: 19th January 2009 (24.00 GMT)

This first early date is intended to take account of the often extended administrative processes many academics face in seeking funding and approval for participation in events such as this. All papers received by this first date will be peer-reviewed, and responded to quickly. For those whose applications require consideration of publication the IVSA does run its own academic journal ‘Visual Studies’, and though all acceptance decisions rest with the editorial board suitably written up conference paper submissions in the visual field are encouraged and always welcomed.

Paper authors should provide a title for their paper, a 250 to 300 word abstract, any specific technical requirements, their contact details, and a brief identifying sentence on themselves (as in the call for panels above).

Paper submissions should be sent in the first instance to one of the nominated panel organisers. However, we will also plan space for a few general panels considering methodological, ethical and practical issues of good research, so should you feel your work is so individual that it cannot possibly fit any of the offered titles, you may send your submission as a word attachment in one email directly to Gordon Simpson and Karen Bassett …


Call for papers: Second ‘extended’ closing date: 28th April 2009 (24:00 GMT)

This second date is to allow scope for participation for those whose work may not be planned quite as far ahead as the ‘career academic’, such as the many postgraduate students working on projects which won’t be completed until later in the academic year – or of course those who may only come across the call for papers late. Submissions here will be subject to a quicker process of approval than full peer-review, and acceptance at this point will be subject to remaining available space within the conference schedule.

Paper authors should provide a title for their paper, a 250 to 300 word abstract, any specific technical requirements, their contact details, and a brief identifying sentence on themselves (as in the first call for papers above).

Second deadline submissions should be sent directly as a word attachment in one email to both to Gordon Simpson and Karen Bassett …


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  1. Pingback: Workshops at IVSA 2009 « Nancy’s Blog

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