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Call for Papers: 6th International Visual Methods Conference


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The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NUPSPA; Romanian SNSPA) is delighted to invite researchers, practitioners, academics, and postgraduate students to attend the 6th International Visual Methods Conference which will be hosted by the College of Communication and Public Relations in Bucharest, Romania.

This is part of an ongoing series of conferences operating at the junction where academic research and practice meet. Previous conferences were held in Auckland (2011), Brighton (2015), and Singapore (2017).

In a world where grand ideologies do not support or legitimise the public narratives of nation states, corporations, or brands – The overarching theme of the 6th International Visual Methods Conference is the visual component of les petites histoires (small stories) – as opposed to les grandes histoires (Lyotard, 1993). Such petites histoires are told through images, logos, advertising spots, photographs, vlogs, infographics, music videos, digital stories, sketches, signs, documentaries, stencils, caricatures, games or emoticons, and support a different kind of narrative. That is, a narrative belonging, sometimes, to disenfranchised groups, activists, networks, communities, as well as to the new forms of corporate communication. Within this context, the theme for IVMC6 is: ‘Epic Images of Mundane Stories’

We welcome proposals exploring any of these areas:

  • Ethics in visual methodologies
  • Exploring digital visual methodologies, apps, and software
  • Narrative and visual methods
  • Participatory and critical visual methods
  • Visual communication (advertising, social media, graphics and illustrations)
  • Visual culture
  • Visual methods in teaching and learning
  • Visualisation of big data analysis, predictive analytics, and infographics

The core of our programme is built on four open strands designed to capture strong proposals:

  • Visual communication for advertising, PR, social development and activism
  • Visual culture
  • Visual methods
  • Visual storytelling

We invite scholars and visual practitioners to submit proposal for panels, papers, or other types of contributions (e.g., walking workshops) exploring one of the conference themes

Instructions for papers

Abstracts for proposed papers should address one of the conference themes in no more than 300 words, and be submitted as a MS Word file or in RTF format (not in the body of an email). Submissions should be double-spaced and should use the Arial font, size 12. Please include:

  • A title of no more than 15 words which provides useful pointers on the key topics to be discussed
  • Five key words
  • A short biography of a maximum 50 words

Where a significant portion of the presentation involves images, choose three representative stills, or a video encoded to a size of no more than 4MB, and attach this to your email.

All submitted materials should list your name, institution and/or organisational affiliation (if any), your paper or session title, and any media support required. In both your file name and email subject line, please include: [IVMC6; Paper or Session and Family Name]

Please send your materials to ivmc2019@comunicare.ro by 20 January 2019. Late proposals will not be considered. All proposals will be reviewed by the Programme Committee and responded to by 01 March 2019.

Instructions for panels

A panel will comprise a chair or commentator, and either a call for three or four presentations, or a confirmed set of panelists. Each panel will be provisionally allocated a 90-minute session in the programme, which will be confirmed when a full panel has been registered.

To submit a panel proposal we invite you to provide a title and abstract addressing one of the conference themes. The panel abstract must not exceed 500 words and, if appropriate, it should include an email address for proposals to be sent to, supported by a short biography of the person(s) submitting and chairing the panel (up to 200 words, including affiliation, and recent publications and activities). Panel chairs are responsible for selecting contributions for their sessions. Alternatively, it is possible to submit complete panel proposals, which should include paper titles and abstracts along with biographical details of all presenters. Each panel session will be given final approval by the Scientific Committee.

The deadline for panel submissions is 01 February 2019. Late proposals will not be considered. Submissions should be sent by email to: ivmc2019@comunicare.ro

Submissions should be double-spaced and in Arial font, size 12. It is our intention to provide panel organisers with the decision regarding their proposals by 20 February 2019. We expect to commission up to five panels under each theme with the balance being kept open for open submissions.

Instructions for other contributions

We would welcome ideas for other form or contributions, for example walking workshops, participatory workshops, seminars, exhibitions, films, public art or similar initiatives. Proposals should address one of the conference themes in 250 words and be submitted as a MS Word file in RTF format (not in the body of an email) with five supporting images, if appropriate. Proposals of this kind may come from academics, practitioners, or policy makers.

Submissions should be double-spaced and in Arial font, size 12. Please contact ivmc2019@comunicare.ro if you have any questions. Proposals should be submitted by 05 February 2019. Members of the organising team will work with successful applicants to realise their project. Late proposals will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


The following publication opportunities are available:

A selection of papers as well as some samples from the exhibitions will be included in a Digital Visual Toolkit of Small Stories to be published at our publishing house.


All presenters must be registered and have paid the conference fee (where applicable) by 01 May 2019 to be included in the conference programme. 

  • Conference fee (Early Bird, 15–31 March 2019): €170
  • Conference fee (Full): €250
  • There is a special fee for postgraduate students (for the whole duration of the conference): €70
  • Practitioners fee for one day of the conference of their choosing: € 70 (Early Bird, 15–31 March 2019); €100 after 31 May 2019
  • The conference dinner will be held in at a venue in the centre of Bucharest on 17 July (Day 2 of the conference). We plan to host it at a traditional Romanian restaurant with vegetarian options. The cost of the conference dinner is €30.

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