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Call for Papers and Panels – 2016

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Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2016
Hosted by:

  • Weber State University Department of Communication,
  • The University of Utah Department of Communication
  • Westminster Department of Communication

June 22-26, 2016 (Wednesday evening through Sunday morning)
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport)

PAPER/ABSTRACT CALL

The organizers of the 30th Annual Visual Communication Conference invite faculty and students to submit research and creative presentations from the varied and emergent field of visual communication.

The conference returns to Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, location of the first VisCom conference. Attendees from previous conferences are encouraged to attend to reconnect with friends on this 30th anniversary, and first-time attendees will enjoy a welcoming and intellectually stimulating experience held in a visually stunning location.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, graphic design, visual aesthetics, visual rhetoric, semiotics, still and motion photography, documentary and feature films, visual literacy, visual ethics, multimedia and new communication technologies, visual culture, and pedagogy in visual communication. While the range of topics and presentation modes is varied, authors and creators of all accepted submissions must present their work in a visual way.

VisCom brings together a community of visual communication scholars and creative practitioners passionate about the visual. It is a plenary conference where everyone presents to everyone, and presenters are encouraged to stay for the entire conference. The sessions take place in a gorgeous environment with an afternoon off to enjoy the scenery. Works-in-progress are welcome, and presenters can anticipate an environment that encourages lively discussion and helpful feedback. Finished papers are encouraged. The conference organizers will accept only one submission per person.

This year’s conference format will feature three types of presentations:

Standard session: A 15-minute presentation with five minutes for discussion. Presentations will be placed into groups of four to five with a facilitator.

Lightning session: A fast-paced, five-minute presentation of around 10-15 slides followed by 3-5 minutes of discussion. Lightning sessions can tightly focus on a specialized topic that might not warrant a 15-minute presentation or lay out the broad outlines of a work-in-progress at its initial, generative stage.

Creative works session: Short films or other creative works for relaxed presentation, probably in the evening. This category includes any presentation where the author does not actively present his/her material but, instead, provides it for viewing with a Q&A after.

Your proposal should include a 500-word abstract that summarizes the proposed presentation, the type of session, and how the work is related to the field of visual communication.  Abstracts will be blind-judged by program planners. Proposals should be submitted through the VISCOM website Submission Form.

Proposal acceptances or rejections will be emailed to you no later than April 10, 2016.

Only registered presenters will be included in the program.