Frameworks and Methods for Evaluating Visual Research

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC57 Visual Sociology (host committee)

Language: English, French and Spanish

Over the past 20 years there has been a rapid rise in the development and use of visual methods to undertake research including the use of collage, digital storytelling, drawing, image analysis, mapping, photography, photovoice and participatory video, among others. These methods are becoming ubiquitous, particularly in social justice research and there is an assumption that visual methods, particularly participatory visual methods, are beneficial and allow researchers to access better data and challenge hierarchies of power. The methods are lauded as ‘emancipatory’, ‘empowering’, and a way to give ‘agency’ and ‘voice’ and encouraged as a means to produce and evidence ‘impactful’ research. To date however, critical evaluation of visual methods are rare and often limited to reflexive accounts of what researchers would, or should, do differently.

In order to help move visual research forward,  this panel welcomes formal papers which move beyond accounts of critical reflection to present sample frameworks, methods and modes of evaluation through which the academy and participants might be more able to evaluate visual research. The panel will be followed by a facilitated workshop where participants will evaluate participatory visual methods developed and used in social justice research.

So that the discussions and learning from this session benefit the wider visual research community, the intention is to publish papers and discussions from it. To this end, submissions should not have been published elsewhere and full versions of accepted papers or extended abstracts (1000-2000 words with references) must be submitted by 1 June 2018 to ej.milne@coventry.ac.uk

Session Organizer:
Ej MILNE, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Maureen MICHAEL, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Sarah SWITZER, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada
Oral Presentations
Children's Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees: Thinking through a Framework of Evaluation
April MANDRONA, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Canada; Ej MILNE, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Claudia MITCHELL, McGill University, Canada; Michaelina JAKALA, Coventry University, United Kingdom
The Revenge of the Ineffable: Evaluating Visual Methodological Work
Carolina CAMBRE, Concordia University, Canada
Analysis of the Visibility of Bedouin Women in the Negev, As Reflected in the Private Photographic Archive of Dr. Ben-Assa, an Israeli Physician.
Edna BARROMI PERLMAN, Kibbutz College of Education, Technology and Arts, Israel; Ruth KARK, Jerusalem University, Mount Scopus, Israel
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