Call: 4th International Visual Methods conference

Call for Contributions:
4th International Visual Methods conference
16-18 September 2015

The University of Brighton is delighted to host the Fourth International Visual Methods Conference in September 2015. Our programme builds on the foundations laid by the three successful Visual Methods conferences that have taken place at the Open University and the University of Leeds in the UK and at Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand over the past six years.

Deadline for panels and ‘other’ contributions: 16th January 2015

Deadline for papers: 30th January 2015

We are very pleased to announce two confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography, Open University and Joe Lambert, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling. Rose G (2012) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Interpreting Visual Materials, third edition, Sage. Lambert J (2013) Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community, fourth edition, Routledge.


We invite you to help build on the foundations laid down in the Visual Methods series so far. This event will deepen and extend the exchange of ideas and approaches across disciplines and between visual research and visual practices. The conference will include a combination of keynote presentations, panels and papers, alongside workshops, screenings and exhibitions.

We welcome proposals exploring any of these areas:

  • Visual Methods and Research Design
  • Approaches to analyzing visual data
  • Data visualisation
  • Researcher created visual data
  • Arts based visual research methods
  • Visual ethics
  • Visual culture and visual methods
  • Participatory visual methods

The core of our programme is built on three open strands designed to capture strong proposals:

  • Narrative and Visual Methods
  • Exploring Digital Visual Methodologies
  • Critical Perspectives on Visual Methodologies

We will supplement this with two focused strands engaging directly with local research interests within the University of Brighton. The first is on Digital Storytelling: Form and Practice where the University has a range of research interests and a second exploring the visual navigation and articulation of place. We therefore invite scholars and other visual practitioners to submit proposals for panels, papers or other types of contributions in one of the conference themes.


A panel will comprise a chair or commentator and either a call for three or four presentations, or a confirmed set of panellists. Each panel will be provisionally allocated a 90 minutes session in the programme, which will be confirmed when a full panel has been registered.

To submit a panel proposal we invite you to provide a title and abstract addressing one of the conference themes. The panel abstract must not exceed 400 words and, if appropriate. It should include an email address for proposals to be sent to, supported by a short biography of the person(s) submitting and chairing the panel (up to 200 words, including affiliation and recent publications, activities). Panel chairs are responsible for selecting material for their sessions. Alternatively, it is possible to submit complete panel proposals, in this case as well as a title and abstract for the panel, paper titles and abstracts should be presented, along with biographical details of all presenters. Each Panel session will be given final approval by the Programming Committee. The deadline for panel submissions is 16th January 2015. Late proposals will not be considered. These should be sent by email to Submissions should be double-spaced and in Verdana Font no less than size 12.

Panel organizers will be notified of the decision regarding their proposals by 28th February 2015. We expect to commission five Panels under each theme with the balance being kept open for open submissions.


Abstracts for proposed papers should address one of the conference themes in 250 words and be submitted as a MS Word file or RTF Format (not in the body of an email). Submissions should be double-spaced and in Verdana Font no less than size 12.

  • A title of no more than 15 words which provides useful pointers on the key topics to be discussed
  • Five key words
  • A short biography of a maximum 35 words

Where a significant portion of the presentation involves images, choose three (3) representative stills or a video section encoded to no more than 4Mb in total and attach this to your email.

All submitted material should list your name, institution and/or organisational affiliation (if any); your paper or session title, and any media support required. In both your file name and email subject line, please include: [IVM4; Paper or Session and Family Name]

Please send to by 30th January 2015. Late proposals will not be considered. All proposals will be reviewed by the Programming Committee and responded to by 20th February 2015.


We would welcome ideas for other forms or contribution, including but not limited to Panels adopting a different approach, for example as participatory workshops seminars, exhibitions, films, public art or similar. Proposals should address one of the conference themes in 250 words and be submitted as a MS Word file or RTF Format (not in the body of an email) with five supporting images, if appropriate. Proposals in this strand may come from academics, practitioners or policy makers. Submissions should be double-spaced and in Verdana Font no less than size 12. Please contact with questions on this strand and proposals should be submitted by 16th January 2015. Members of the organizing team will work with successful applicants to realize their project.

Late proposals will not be considered.


Panel organizers and presenters of selected papers must register for the conference by 31st May 2015.

If you would like to be kept informed of when registration is open, please email:


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