Visual Methods Research Group - initial meeting
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The purpose of the Visual Methods Research Group is to examine existing practices that focus on the production and analysis of imagery, and to investigate the potential such practices have for the development of innovative social research methods, in particular those that contribute to the breaking down of current disciplinary barriers.

This meeting is to share information about our interests and practice, address any issues of common concern, and map out an agenda for future developments.

All welcome.

Location: Room 409, Babbage Building, Plymouth University.

Contact Kevin Meethan for further information.

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Visual Methods Research Group

Despite a long tradition of photography and film making in the social sciences and humanities, it is only since the recent and widespread adoption of digital photography and video that more attention has been paid to the use and value of visual methods. Both still and moving images are now a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, whether in the form of new reports, advertising or social media. We are also seeing the continuing development and spread of online digital resources containing archived images and film clips that open up new possibilities for historical research.

The Visual Methods Research Group (based within the Centre for Methodological Innovations) examines existing practices that focus on the production and analysis of imagery, and investigates the potential such practices have for the development of innovative social research methods, in particular those that contribute to the breaking down of current disciplinary barriers.

These may include topics such as the use of photography and video as data gathering techniques; use of photo/video elicitation; photo and video diaries; theoretical and technical issues of photographic and video practice; community activism and community photography/video; the analysis of secondary visual material; collecting, storing and archiving material; the use of imagery in social media; the ethics and practicalities of visual research; the use of photos and videos, and multi-media formats and the use of exhibitions for communicating research findings. 

Event photography and video
Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.