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Visual Research Conference

2018 Visual Research Conference

Call for Participation

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Visual Research Conference will take place in San Jose, California this year, November 12-14 at the beginning of the American Anthropological Association meeting. An informal no-host dinner takes place on Monday evening 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.

Abstracts of approximately 250-500 words can be submitted through 11:59pm, Hawai’i Time, March 25, 2018 by clicking on the Visual Research Conference submission form link at

PLEASE NOTE: this Visual Research Conference submission deadline on March 25 is EARLIER than the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting submission deadline on April 16, so that the Visual Research Conference organizing committee has time to carefully review the submissions and invite the 2018 presenters.


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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