Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Thursday, May 29 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-299

Primary Session Category: Visual Sociology
Session Code: VisSo2-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Gillian Rose, a leading visual researcher, recently observed that “(o)ne of the most striking developments across the social sciences in the past decade has been the growth of research methods using visual materials” (Rose, 2014). Sociologists are part of this ‘striking’ development, as more and more researchers are turning to visual methods as ways of enriching research practices and as routes towards presenting “a more visual sociology” (Pauwels 2010); yet at the edges of this methodological explosion lie questions about visual history, purpose, practice, politics and ethics.

This panel is guided by several questions: What do visual material and visual research methods do within our research practices? What is the epistemological status of visual data; are they representational? performative? How do visual research methods and/or visual materials reframe or reconfigure our research relationships – and with what effects? Do visuals enable us to see more and know more and if so, how do we theorize this seeing/knowing? Do visual research methods enhance social justice objectives and outcomes in research – and if so, how?

We invite papers that reflect on epistemological, methodological, ontological and/or ethical issues when deploying visual research methods in projects that aim to “make a difference in the world” (Haraway, 1997).

This session is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock.

Session Organizers:
Andrea Doucet, Brock University, Sociology,
Nancy Cook, Brock University , Sociology

Chair: Andrea Doucet


1. Nancy Cook, David Butz

Autophotographic Narratives of Social Change

2. Gloria Nickerson

Champions for Social Change and Photovoice Ethics

3. Natasha Saltes

Seeing disability through a different lens: Epistemological and ethical issues in applying visual methods in disability research

4. Terry Trzecak

Investigating Photography as Process through Somaesthetics, the Soldier and War: an Interdisciplinary Inquiry

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