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Visual Research Conference

The annual Visual Research Conference takes place on Monday evening, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the start of the AAA Annual Meeting. It provides an opportunity for professional and student visual anthropologists to meet and enjoy exposure to visual works in progress. Presentations are 45 minutes in length and allow for extended viewing of visual material and lots of discussion. There is thus much more opportunity for substantive give-and-take than in the usual AAA session. Conversations continue at lunch and dinner, and then at other SVA events and throughout the AAA meetings, creating multiple situations for networking and exchange of ideas. Members and non-members are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This is a wonderful way to meet and interact with others who do anthropological and anthropologically-related research on visual signification, visual communication, and visual forms of representation. Visual Research Conference presentations have focused on a wide range of topics, including a variety of research methods using visual means of description and interpretation, historical photography of Native Americans, primate visual and audible communication, the early history of ethnographic film, Neopolitan gesture in face-to-face interaction, proxemic and semiotic exegesis of Central African funerary performance, “graffiti” and outdoor murals in San Francisco, Yemeni women’s dancing, photographic and ethnosemantic explorations of textiles in Andean ritual and everyday life, conversation analysis of a family dinner, and an interactive CD microanalyzing and elucidating Asch and Chagnon’s classic Ax Fight film.

2014 Call for Presentations and Abstract Submission Form.

deadline: 11:59pm, April 1, 2014, Hawai’i Time. 

Jeni Wolowic (U. British Columbia) presents her film 'For Our Street Family' at the 2008 Visual resaerch Conference.

Jeni Wolowic (U. British Columbia) presents her film ‘For Our Street Family’ at the 2008 Conference in San Francisco. Photo by Jerome Crowder.

2014 Visual Research Conference – Call for Submissions

Enter your name, affiliation, address, e-mail address(es), phone number(s), presentation title, presentation abstract, and the nature of the visual material in your presentation (VHS video, DVD, slides, computer projection, etc. This is important. If you do not mention in advance that you need computer projection, none will be available.) All submissions to the conference must be made through this form even if you have made prior personal contact with Dr. Blakely, Dr. Heckman, or Dr. Crowder.

  • Presentation information

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