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[Commlist] CFP: Visual Politics & Protest - ECREA pre-conference workshop
Tue Apr 05 12:51:04 GMT 2022
Call for submissions:
ECREA pre-conference workshop on “Visual Politics & Protest - Current
Call for submissions
War streaming on Instagram, propaganda in press photography, refugee
activism on TikTok? - Recent European crises have shown images and
videos as essential tools of communication in politics and protest, a
trend mirrored in the increasing use of visuals in research
methodologies. Visual data can capture practices of visual, performative
or non-verbal communication, text-image relationships, the development
of visual formats, notions of aesthetics, as well as underlying meanings
of symbols and codes. Extant research has since captured different
elements of visual politics and protest, including: social history (e.g.
protest photography), political commentary or alignment (e.g. through
memes or overlays), social cues in political communication (e.g. GIFs,
filters, or emoji), visual activism practices (e.g. culture-jamming,
sousveillance video coverage, flesh-witnessing), and visual forms of
information documentation and distribution (e.g. infographics).
Even so, new creative practices have at times challenged research
practices, for example with regards to image authenticity and
appropriation in mis- and disinformation campaigns (e.g. deepfakes),
platform affordances in new visual formats and spaces (e.g. short videos
on TikTok), (mis)interpretation and visual (il)literacy in
communications, trust in image data as factual evidence, and opaqueness
in the production of visual materials. These critical debates have been
particularly contentious in the arena of politics and protest, where
visuals have been seen to shape political opinion and discourse,
electoral campaigns, war coverage, and Covid-19 data visualisations.
In response to these trends, the ECREA Visual Cultures section is
inviting submissions to the online pre-conference on “Visual Politics &
Protest” with a focus on epistemological and methodological challenges,
taking place on 6th and 7th October 2022 (= 2 weeks prior to ECREA
2022). The pre-conference workshop will include a keynote by Dr. Jing
Zeng (University of Zurich), a series of lightning talks, a panel
discussion (including speakers Dr. Stefania Vicari, Dr. Shana MacDonald,
& Dr. Jing Zeng), and hands-on discussion rounds with a specific focus
on epistemological challenges in research on visual politics and protest.
Topics of interest
We are looking for lightning talks on challenges encountered in research
on visual politics and/or protest, which will be allocated to thematic
panels. Towards encouraging lively discussions, we are not looking for
entire paper proposals, but focussed submissions that outline the
challenge along with examples (in written, visual, or other creative forms).
On a broad level this may include (but is not limited to):
New methodological challenges in visual or multimodal data
collection or analysis
Platform- or format-specific challenges in conducting visual
research on politics and protest
Methodological approaches for capturing visuality or visual cultures
surrounding politics and protest
Challenges in embedding visuals or visuality with textual, audio, or
Issues in interpreting and/or quantifying visual data
Emerging approaches to visualising image or video data
Suggestions for the ethical treatment of visuality in politics or
Approaches in analysing specific political visual practices and/or
Epistemological discussions of the role of the visual in politics,
protest, or social movements
Theorizing visual issues (example: visibility through aesthetics and
Submissions should ideally either discuss new challenges, present
in-depth illustrations/ examples of specific challenges, or introduce
new approaches or nuances.
Please submit a 200 word description of your challenge in researching
visual cultures or materials, along with your contact details on this
Google Form link <https://forms.gle/YWAUJK7RDjHvo6Fe8>(200 is the
maximum incl. references). Proposals can be submitted until 1st June
2022 at 23.59 CEST. Descriptions should be written in English and
contain a summary of the challenge that will be presented, as well as a
notion of the reflections or approaches that are taken or recommended.
The description may follow a conventional abstract structure, but is not
bound to it. We encourage creative, unconventional, and work-in-progress
submissions, particularly from early-career scholars. The addition of
supplementary visual data such as a poster or data excerpt is optional.
The submissions should represent a specific issue or challenge
encountered in the participant’s visual research.
We are aware that not everyone will be able to use Google services due
to regional restrictions or privacy concerns. In those cases we invite
participants to submit directly by email (vppecrea /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(vppecrea /at/ gmail.com)>. The email should contain following
information: paper title, participant first and last name, country of
affiliation, affiliation, career stage, email contact, names of
co-authors, a 200-word description of the challenge, 1-2 visual
materials (PDF, Word, or jpg) if applicable (this is optional), and
indicate if you would like to be considered for the special issue.
During the workshop, these challenges should be presented as short
presentations (7-10 minutes) in panel groups with an adjoining
discussion. These presentations do not need to follow conventional
presentation formats (creative and purely visual presentations are
encouraged). Please note that multi-author submissions are very much
welcome, but due to the short nature of lightning talks we ask that only
one person (i.e. the submitting author) presents.
Details on the presentation format and full programme will be released
in due time.
Post-workshop, a summary (e.g. in the form of a co-authored “living
syllabus on visual politics and protest research'') will be created and
circulated amongst the participants and the wider public.
Participants will also be invited to join an informal follow-up meeting
at ECREA in Aarhus: “visual politics & protest coffee hour”.
Participants will have the opportunity to submit their full papers to a
special issue in Journal of Digital Social Research(https://www.jdsr.io/
<https://www.jdsr.io/>). Extended abstracts of 500 words are due 1st
December 2022. Interest in submitting to the special issue should be
indicated in the submission form. More information on the special issue
will follow in due course.
The pre-conference workshop is organised by the ECREA Visual Cultures
section (see https://visualculturesecrea.wordpress.com/
<https://visualculturesecrea.wordpress.com/>) and will take place online.
Pre-conference website: https://cutt.ly/visual-politics-ecrea
Email contact: (vppecrea /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(vppecrea /at/ gmail.com)>
Link to profile of keynote speaker:
Key dates 2022
1st June:pre-conference submission deadline
15th August:communication of acceptance
6th & 7th October:ECREA pre-conference on Visual Politics & Protest (online)
19th to 22nd October:ECREA general conference
1st December 2022:special issue abstract deadline
Maria Schreiber, University of Salzburg
Suay Melisa Özkula, University of Trento
Tom Divon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Danka Ninković Slavnić, University of Belgrade
Doron Altaratz, The Hadassah Academic College
Hadas Schlussel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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