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Visual Research Conference

Download the 2016 Program

Download the 2016 Abstracts

The Visual Research Conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year, November 14-16, 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). Forty-five 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.

Abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2016 meetings. If you would like to submit an application for the 2017 Conference, check back with us at the beginning of the year.

For more information on the format of this lively event and how to submit a presentation, visit our page on the SVA web site or 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 2016, Denver, CO.


Poster Session at Visual Research Conference 2016, 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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