Conference Program Info

Notifications regarding conference submissions have been sent out this evening. Stuart Kaplan, program director, and his team of reviewers blind peered reviewed a record number of submissions this year. For those whose papers/presentations were accepted might want to have some stats for their Tenure/Promotion files. We are a small plenary conference, therefore, when space on the program is limited, difficult decisions must be made. This year we accepted 78% of submissions. read more

Call for VisCom29 is UP!

The New Year is here and the Call for Papers and Panels for VisCom 29, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, is up and waiting for your response.

The site coordinator is Trischa Goodnow of Oregon State University and the Program coordinator is Stuart Kaplan of Lewis and Clark (Emeritus).

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Conference — by the Numbers

For those of you trying to decide about the Conference and whether or not to stay “on campus” at the conference center, I thought I would provide some data:

  • The closest accommodation to the conference center is a 2-star motel “Classic Motor Lodge” about five miles away.
  • This will cost $312 for accommodation only* — there is no restaurant.
  • Add the Meals Only option from Whispering Pines ($310.50* for FULL breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks — 10 main meals plus snacks & appetizers!) and it comes to $622.50.

Shared accommodation at Whispering Pines with meals comes to $670.00.*
So, what does that extra $47.50 provide?


Ambience – comfortable, quaint rooms many with a water view. Cozy hang out spaces, most with fireplaces.
Convenience – no worries about driving in the woods in the dark. No having to be abstemious because you have to drive. Sit around the campfire until the wee hours.
Camaraderie – because one of the things we LOVE about this conference is sitting together, eating together and talking big and small talk. read more

Accommodation for VisCom 28 is ready for you!

Dear VisCom Campers,Apologies for any duplicate emails you may receive… as you know reaching all who are interested in the Visual Communication Conference is always a challenge 🙂

The link for arranging your accommodation at Whispering Pines is up on the VisCom website.
The number of rooms is limited… so you might not want to delay. read more

Paper/Panel Deadline Approaching!

Hi all,
Folks have been sending in their conference papers and panels but we know there are more out there…
The deadline is February 28!! So less than a week to go.

We’ve also set up the conference registration and you can pay however you wish through PayPal. Once you fill out the registration, the page with the PayPal link comes up. read more

Call for Papers & Panels for VisCom 28

The Call for Papers and Panels for VisCom 28 at Whispering Pines, W. Greenwich, Rhode Island has been posted. For the first time in 28 years, the VisCom conference is going east, far east, of the Mississippi. Co-sponsored by Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island, this promises to be a unique experience for VisCom campers. Nestled in the woods on the south coast of Rhode Island, Whispering Pines is a retreat center that features all of the elements of a great VisCom conference except altitude… it’s at sea level. read more

What is Documentary CFP



April 24-26, 2014

Documentaries continue to play important roles in defining, exposing, and transforming social realities. Today, we are witnessing an explosion of documentary making enabled by new digital production and distribution technologies, even as traditional news media may seem compromised and in decline. read more

VisCom 28 — Go East!

maple_lodge_outsideWe have located a wonderful venue for VisCom 28 – the Whispering Pines Conference Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, where long-time Viscomer, Renée Hobbes is the Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media.

The location is ideal – a short 30 minutes from PVD (T. F. Green Airport) or 90 minutes from BOS (Boston’s Logan Airport). That has got to be the shortest major airport to venue distance in my experience of VisCom! The next step is for me to work out the money details so we know what the bottom line is. But I anticipate that it will consistent with previous VisComs… maybe even a tad more affordable. read more