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Back through the Looking Glass: a review of the Fourth International Visual Research Methods Conference

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2017. Back through the Looking Glass: a review of the Fourth International Visual Research Methods Conference. Visual Methodologies 5 (1) , pp. 9-13. 10.7331/vm.v5i1.104

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The tittle ‘Back through the looking glass’ reflects my ongoing engagement with the evolving and dynamic biannual International Visual Research Methods Conference. What I really like about the IVM is the way it encourages innovation and change rather than becoming a staid repetition that rolls out a similar format and style that engenders inertia. To some extent this is encouraged by the newness of the conference team every two years, different people, different places and new ideas and ways of thinking mean that each conference is fresh and exciting; but also resonant of the original aims of IVM, to enable a space for sharing, learning, exploring and of course challenging visual methodologies, performances and practices. I was particularly pleased to write up my reflections for this special issue of Visual Methodologies, which showcases some of the papers from IVM4. In the inaugural edition of the Visual Methodologies journal, I wrote a piece about the second IVM conference in Milton Keynes, and discussed the ways in which it was interdisciplinary, innovative, questioning and poignant (Mannay 2012). Since this time the journal, like the conference, has established itself and become a home for post-disciplinary dialogues about creativity, visual research and ethical practice. In writing this account of IVM4, it was enjoyable to remember, revisit and re-visualise what I learnt last September, although I can only touch on some key highlights in the space of the review.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual methods; visual methodologies; qualitative research
Publisher: Visual Methodologies
ISSN: 2040-5456
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 April 2017
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 01:25

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