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Visual Research Conference

2017 Visual Research Conference

The Visual Research Conference will take place in Washington, DC this year, November 27-29 at the beginning of the American Anthropological Association meeting. An informal no-host dinner takes place on Monday night and interactive presentations take place all day Tuesday and until 3pm on Wednesday. The Visual Research Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and students to dialogue about visually engaged works-in-progress. There are no specific themes to follow, though we are most interested in new ideas and projects under development in the study of visual signification, visual communication, and visual forms of representation, and/or utilizing visual media (photo, film, web, polymedia, intermedia, multimodal media). Forty minute time slots allow for substantive presentations that include viewing of visual material as well as ample give-and-take with an actively participating audience. Further discussion takes place during poster presentations. Many informal discussion periods between the interactive formal presentations, plus conversations at lunch and dinner, create multiple situations for networking and exchange of ideas. Members and non-members of the American Anthropological Association and Society for Visual Anthropology are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This is a productive way to meet and interact with others who do anthropological and anthropologically-related visual research.

The Visual Research Conference is no longer accepting abstract submissions for the 2017 meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC this fall and please consider submitting an abstract for the 2018 meeting.

For more information on the format of this lively event and how to submit a presentation contact Dr. Tom Blakely (, Dr. Andrea Heckman (, or Dr. Jerome Crowder (



Zoe Bray (Nevada-Reno, Hebrew University) answers questions about her use of portrait painting as research process at the Visual Research Conference 2015, Denver, CO.


Poster Session at Visual Research Conference 2015, Denver, CO.


Joana Roque de Pinho (Centro de Estudos Internacioais, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon) offers her collaboration with rice farmers in Guinea-Bissau.



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