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Visualizing the Political Process

36th annual International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA)

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Published on Wednesday, December 20, 2017


For the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Visual Sociology Association 2018 we invite scholarly and other visual presentations that relate to the theme Visualizing the Political Process. We also welcome abstracts that address topics relating more generally to visual methods, theories, the visual analysis of society, culture and social relationships. These need not specifically address the theme of the conference.



The 2018 IVSA conference invites papers, photo essays and films that investigate the question: How do we visualize political processes? Our scope includes national political processes as well as relations of power in social movements and in everyday life; in the family, intimate relationships, the workplace, schools, labor unions, and local and regional governments.
We are particularly interested in “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.

We invite 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.


  • Where: University of Paris-Saclay – University of Evry, Evry, France
  • When: June 25-28, 2018
  • Submission Deadlines: Feb 1, 2018

Submission Guidelines

All communication to:  https://ivsa2018evry.sciencesconf.org/

Papers, films and photo essays may explore one of the following themes, but are not limited to:

  • How do we visualize political process in a democratic, authoritarian or contested political system? What is “transparency,” speaking visually? How do we see power in everyday life (relationships, institutions, families, etc)?  
  • How do authoritarian governments create visual rhetorics to support anti-democratic politics and repressive social arrangements?
  • How are images and films used in struggles for emancipation and liberation?

We welcome a wide range of creative approaches, ideas and presentations, including papers with images, videos, photo essays, multi-media, fine arts and other modes of visual expression.

Scientific Commitee

  • Dr Christine LOUVEAU DE LA GUIGNERAYE, University Paris-Saclay – Evry University (France)
  • Pr Joyce SEBAG, University Paris-Saclay – Evry University (France)
  • Pr Jean-Pierre DURAND, University Paris-Saclay – Evry University (France)
  • Pr Luisa STAGI, Genova University (Italy)
  • Pr Luca QUEIROLO PALMAS, Genova University (Italy)


  • University Paris-Saclay - University of Evry - 2 rue du Facteur Cheval
    Évry, France (91)


  • Thursday, February 01, 2018


  • sociologie filmique, sociologie visuelle, documentaire, numérique


    courriel : ivsa2018evry [at] sciencesconf [dot] org

Information source

    courriel : ivsa2018evry [at] sciencesconf [dot] org


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« Visualizing the Political Process », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, https://calenda.org/426667

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