American Anthropological Association 2011: Visual Ethics Roundtable – CFP

Screenshot by me from the Society for Visual Anthropology's website:

On behalf of the Society for Visual Anthropology’s Ethics Committee, Jonathan Marion and I are co-organising and chairing our 5th (!!) annual Visual Ethics Roundtable at this year’s American Anthropological Association meetings on 16-20 November 2011.  The meetings are being held in beautiful Montreal, in my home country of Canada, and although it’s only March, the deadline for submitting contributions is fast approaching: 1st April.

Here’s the CFP, which has been circulating for the past couple of weeks.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you have a case study that you’d like to share at the conference.

Traces of the Image: A Roundtable Discussion on Visual Ethics

Sara Perry (University of Southampton) and Jonathan S. Marion (California State University San Marcos), on behalf of the SVA’s Visual Ethics Committee

This roundtable discussion, organised on behalf of the Society for Visual Anthropology’s Ethics Committee, seeks to continue the SVA’s now five-year-old tradition of nurturing debate and critical reflection on the ethics of anthropological imaging. Building on this year’s conference theme of “Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies,” we aim to explore disciplinary trajectories of ethical practice regarding picture creation, circulation and consumption.  Of particular interest here are questions concerning both long-term effects of, and short-term shifts in, value systems and moralities associated with visuality:  How have histories of anthropological practice impacted on our contemporary management of imagery?  How are shifting visual technologies and intellectual paradigms disrupting or rearranging our ethical priorities?  Where is representational authority situated in unstable, multiply-occupied/authored anthropological contexts?  How do we anticipate and negotiate future relations with pictorial materials?  And what legacies are our current approaches to image ethics likely to leave behind?  The intent of this roundtable is to give practitioners an opportunity to discuss the ethical implications of in-progress or recently-completed visual research, and to draw upon the collective input of roundtable attendees to plan for or rethink our visual responsibilities.


For those interested in participating, please provide a brief description of the particular scenario or issue you would be interested in contributing to this year’s discussion as soon as possible, and by April 1st at the latest. All correspondence and any questions should be sent to Sara Perry and Jonathan S. Marion. Please note: As per AAA participation rules, presenting as part of a roundtable counts as a person’s one “major” role, the same as giving a paper or poster.