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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Conference Alert: Public Views of the Private

From H-ArtHist:

Visual Studies presents:

2007 Conference of the International Visual Sociology Association
Public Views of the Private; Private Views of the Public

August 10-12, 2007
New York University, New York, USA

Keynote speaker: Martha Rosler

Cultural forms, social institutions, and power structures always frame private and public realms. Recent research suggests that the relations and borders between public and private are rapidly changing. Technological developments, changing social mores and folkways, cross-cultural perspectives, urban conditions, and advancing communication media seem to be breaking down borders or making them more permeable. Visual Sociology provides useful tools for investigating and interpreting the complexity and interpenetration of public and private realms; making visible intersections, historical legacies, and cross-cultural processes. Art, photography, film and video as well as careful observation can depict local communities and global society and elucidate social cohesion and social conflict.


Visual researchers also construct their own images and interpretive
narratives elucidating and questioning "the image" of public views
and private views. The conference will present a wide variety of
formats including video, poster sessions, installations,
performances, photo exhibits, and multimedia presentations as well as
traditional papers.

Join us at the 2007 conference by registering here:
www.visualsociology.org/conference.html

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