Visual Communication Studies

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Visual Studies seeks to enhance the understanding of the visual in all its forms -- moving and still images and displays in television, video and film, art and design, and print and digital media. The Division sponsors research in creation, processing, function, meaning, and critical consequences of visual representation. Visual Studies research touches on all other communication fields, investigating such areas as the interaction of the visual with public policy and law, mass communication processes, corporate image and organization, technology and human interaction, elite and popular culture, philosophy of communication, education and the social sphere. The Division reaches beyond content to assure visual analyses are grounded solidly in visual theory and methodology. The Visual Studies Division publishes a biannual newsletter to keep members abreast of the field and its various scholarly societies.

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Call for Papers

VISUALIZING THE STREET

 

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Professor Gillian Rose http://uva.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d716ad4643f2e0f147befb9d9&id=9f6eedee15&e=f001d8ee38

(The Open University)

For the international conference /Visualizing the Street,/ the ASCA Cities Project http://uva.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d716ad4643f2e0f147befb9d9&id=afe299d654&e=f001d8ee38 invites papers that explore the impact of contemporary practices of image-making on the visual cultures of the street.

 

Date:   Friday, 17 June 2016

Place:   University of Amsterdam

 

New technologies of visualization have opened up the practices of photographing, filming, and editing to everyone who carries a phone and is connected online, resulting in the mass circulation of privately produced imagery. This development has social, cultural and political significance. For example, Larsen and Sandbye (2014) write that “increasingly, everyday amateur photography is a performative practice connected to presence, immediate communication and social networking, as opposed to the storing of memories for eternity, which is how it has hitherto been conceptualized.” Hito Steyerl (2009) points towards the potential of such low resolution imagery in propagating a less hierarchical and more democratic regime of visuality. At the same time, new technologies have also contributed to the expansion of an urban visual culture that is subject to a professional system of visual production and distribution. The visual experience of the contemporary street is partly shaped by artistic visualizations, detailed advertisements, big-scale billboards and high resolution renderings that pervade urban environments. Although responding to different sensibilities, there are striking similarities between these various registers of everyday visual experience of the street. The digital means of production of street imagery – never delivering a clear end product and always in circulation between material and virtual networks – and the fleeting glance with which consumers relate to that imagery, point towards a distinctly performative visual language. It seems that what is most important to this visual culture is not so much the content of the imagery as its immediacy. This development asks for new concepts, theories and research methods that would combine close analyses of the image with the study of the practices of production, circulation and consumption of the image, and the diverse set of social, cultural, affective and performative implications of it in everyday life.

 

Please submit abstracts (max 300 words, for 20 min papers) together with an academic CV to Pedram Dibazar (email: p.dibazar@uva.nl) by 1 November 2015.

 

Please note that we are also working on a publication on the same topic for the Amsterdam University Press book series Cities and Cultures http://uva.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d716ad4643f2e0f147befb9d9&id=f43ea60594&e=f001d8ee38.

 

A selection of contributions to the conference will be included in the book.

 

For any inquiries please contact organizers Pedram Dibazar http://uva.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d716ad4643f2e0f147befb9d9&id=b5dc4c1f20&e=f001d8ee38 or

Judith Naeff http://uva.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d716ad4643f2e0f147befb9d9&id=6b422db91c&e=f001d8ee38.

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