Research Committees

RC57 Visual Sociology

Thematic Group 05 Visual Sociology established in 2009. Upgraded to WG03 in 2013. Upgraded to RC57 in 2017.


Visual Sociology is a diverse field of study which gathers sociologists involved in visual studies and studies of the visual. As a relatively new discipline and methodology within the sociology, Visual Sociology attracts growing numbers of scholars and students who are using visual methods, and/or interested in the production, use and dissemination of visual knowledge.

The overall goal of the research committee in Visual Sociology is to bridge discussions on theoretical and practical aspects of the analysis of visual data. The research committe provides the opportunity to share, exchange and develop ideas which are relevant to Visual Sociology in the global arena. The focus of the research committe is on applying visual methods in sociology at large, and developing theoretical perspectives as well as specific sociological methods, such as web-site analysis, photo-elicitation interviews, sociological video and photo production and analysis.

The group aims to generate further discussions concerning the collection of  visual data in the field (in archives, photo albums, media, websites etc.) as well as the production of visual materials by the researcher (photography and documentaries) with an emphasis on methods of analysis of these data.

Another objective of the group's work is the contemporary and historical analysis of the socio-cultural locus of the visual. The key concern here is how the visual is produced, used and disseminated, and how it intersects with the verbal and other means of communication and sensual experiences.

Lastly, it is our goal to put to debate broader theoretical issues of the sociology of the visual sphere and discuss the applicability of various sociological theories in the analysis of the visual data.

Board 2018 - 2022. Extended 2023


Gary BRATCHFORD, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

Vice-President and Secretary

Maureen K. MICHAEL, University of Stirling, United Kingdom,

Vice-President for Research 

Luc PAUWELS, University of Antwerp, Belgium


Elsa OLIVEIRA, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa,

Editor of Visual Sociology

Christiane WAGNER, Unicamp, Brazil, /

Member with Special Responsability for the Rachel Tanur Prize

Thea Shireen Catherine SHAHROKH, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Board Members

Vilna BASHI TREITLER, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Valerie Marie CAMPBELL, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Anna SCHOBER, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
M. Ragip ZIK, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Ex-Officio Members
Past President
Valentina ANZOISE, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

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2021 Aug.   Dec.
2020 Aug.   Dec.
2019 Aug.   Dec.
2018 Aug.   Dec.
2017 Sept.  Dec.
2016 June.  Dec.
2015 Aug.   Dec.
2014 Jul.     Dec.
2013 May.   Nov.
2012 May.   Oct.
2011 Jan. Jun. Nov.


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