Call for Contributions
Fourth International Visual Methods Conference
University of Brighton, 16-18 September 2015
The University of Brighton is delighted to host the Fourth International
Visual Methods Conference. 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
Researcher created visual data
Arts based visual research methods
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
Instructions for Panels
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
VisualMethods@brighton.ac.uk. 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.
Instructions for Papers
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 VisualMethods@brighton.ac.uk by 30th Jan 2015. Late
proposals will not be considered. All proposals will be reviewed by the
Programming Committee and responded to by 20th Feb 2015.
Instructions for Other Contributions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on
this strand and proposals should be submitted by 16th Jan 2015. Members
of the organizing team will work with successful applicants to realize their
Late proposals will not be considered.
Panel organizers and presenters of selected papers must register for the
conference by 31st May 2015.