The 2016 ISA Forum in Vienna is on the horizon. Themed as ‘The Futures We Want: Global Sociology And The Struggle For A Better World‘, the Forum is a great opportunity for sociologists and those in related fields to engage with a diverse community of researchers.
The Third ISA Forum will be convened in Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016 on the theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.” This theme encourages a forward-orientation in empirical, theoretical, and normative research to tackle the problems and opportunities that often cut across borders.
The Visual Sociology Working Group have 9 individual sessions to attend or contribute to and 4 joint sessions with other research groups across the Forum. All sessions are in English and are found here
Lastly, I’d like to draw your attention to my own session. The session, which is entitled Imaging Futures Through the Visual – See below.
The session is a joint session with RC07 ‘Future Sociology’ and the host committee, Visual Sociology. I welcome any enquires and submissions and look forward to seeing you in Vienna.
Gary BRATCHFORD, Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session in English
This session invites papers on research and case studies that consider how futures are being presented, mediated, performed, designed, narrated or imagined through a range of visual practices. Emphasizing the importance of visibility and communication, the session will consider:
- How sociology and visual studies combined can be used to conceptualize current relations between vision and visuality.
- The representation of varying social spheres, communities, environments, social movements, state and non-state actors on and offline.
As such, this session welcomes research that investigates what Schulz (2015) refers to as “future moves” within the discipline, as well as future visions in addition to research dealing with the assembly of visual material that point to an understanding or re-reading of our potential futures. Examples may include:
- The analysis of ecological or activist photographs that delineate a future disaster as a possible outcome of the present (Harimen, 2014).
- The accumulation and analysis of contemporary activist material found on multiple platforms, that when brought together, create a “visual coherence” evoking a trail, and thus an idea of an injustice, which is yet to be recognized (Azoulay, 2011).
Papers are also welcomed on a range of topics that address motives and practices for future change or future action, supported by visual content. These can include (but are not limited to):
- The networked circulation of individual and group self-portraits with banners and signs that promote call for changes in policy, political visibility and/or social equality.
- What methodological tools are best applied when examining futures through a socio-visual lens.