Boundaries, Bytes and Ballyhoo: Visual Sociology, New Media and Public Information Conference
11 to 15 July 2001, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Over the past several years, new media have transformed
the nature and distribution of public information. This is
even more the case for images called upon to serve
public information functions as icons, data, instances,
arguments and accounts. New media have the potential
to redefine these functions and to alter traditional
relationships between image-based research, teaching
and public service. The new media also have
implications for how social research, documentary work,
and journalism are defined and practiced, both locally and
We invite in particular proposals for papers and sessions
that would address questions such as the following:
In what ways is the growth of new media changing
relationships between scholars and practitioners in the
visual arts, journalism, film, video and media studies, art
history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education
and the like?
What do changes of this sort portend for the practice of
local, regional and global image-making and social
What implications do these changes have for traditional
boundaries between visual sociology, documentary work
and public affairs journalism?
What implications do they have for relationships between
image-based researchers and their research subjects?
How are existing ideas about public and private imagery
being affected by new media?
And what implications do answers to these questions
have for how we think about image-based research and
visual representations of social life?
Submission deadline: 1 April 2001
Organized by: International Visual Sociology Association
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