Visual Research for Social Change Conference: Wrap-up

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Keynote speaker Wendy Luttrell presents her life’s work at the VRSC conference

Last Wednesday, MASCLab in partnership with the Visual Research Center hosted the first ever Visual Research for Social Change conference at the Smith Learning Theater on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Teachers College, Columbia University. After opening remarks by Professor Ioana Literat, Wendy Luttrell of the CUNY Graduate Center presented a keynote entitled, “Collaborative Seeing: A Visual Research Practice.

Afterwards, graduate students (and professors) from New York, Pennsylvania, and as far as England presented their work in one image-based research session, three works-in-progress sessions, and an exhibition. The audience was able to ask insightful questions after the research sessions and interact with exhibitors as well as provide support and advisement for the works-in-progress presenters. At lunch and the evening networking reception, conference-goers enjoyed food and refreshments as they connected with others in the visual research community.

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Schools represented in the conference included CUNY, NYU, Goldsmiths College (University of London), University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Teachers College (Columbia University). Click here for more information on the participants and schedule.

Many thanks to Professor Laura Azzarito at the Visual Research Center and Professor Ioana Literat, along with graduate assistants Ji hyeon (Jessica) Lee and Daniel Ahn for organizing the first ever Visual Research for Social Change conference. Stay tuned for a possible second VRSC conference next year!


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