IVSA 2013 ; One Week to Go. by Monica Sassatelli

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One week to go! IVSA 2013 “The Public Image” is finally happening. Here is a sneak peak at the Programme delegates will receive at the conference, fresh from the press (an online version is already available on the IVSA website: http://visualsociology.org/conference/2013-ivsa-conference/2013-ivsa-conference-program.html). Online registration on the IVSA website is closing today – and we have nearly reached our capacity already. We will be able to register latecomers at the conference too though, as long as some places remain.

Organising the conference has been pretty much a collective effort here at CUCR – although without our conference coordinator, Carolina Ramirez, nothing would have happened at all. This week our team of volunteers will enter the picture: MA and PhD students who will welcome delegates during the conference. Also our own ‘public image’ is literally the product of CUCR’s lively research community: the evocative image reproduced on the conference posters and programme is the work of Katherine Stanfeld, one of our current MA students. We had a photo competition back in March among our graduate students, and Katherine’s image was chosen for her complex texture, ironically illustrating the idea of ‘public image’ with a series of overlapping, intersecting layers of reflection suggesting a narrative. We hope the conference will be as intriguing, and with almost 300 participants, 60 panels, exhibitions, installations, walks, workshops and more, it really promises to be. Watch this space as we will be reporting live from the conference, and many podcasts will follow too.

Monica Sassatelli is Co-director  of CUCR, http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/sassatelli

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