[acc-cca-l] CFA edited volume Visual Pedagogies: Concepts, Cases, Models.

MC Cambre mcambre at ualberta.ca
Sun Dec 9 09:33:41 MST 2018

Call for Abstracts Edited Volume: “Visual Pedagogies: Concepts, Cases &

We invite abstracts for an edited collection investigating the theoretical,
empirical and instructional aspects of what can be envisioned as visual
pedagogies, offering classic, creative, and contemporary re-workings of
these paradigms. The book will be divided into three complementary sections
with an editor in charge of each.

Submission guidelines:

The book will be designed for an academic audience, however, we also invite
creative and novel approaches that challenge and take risks including
troubling traditionally accepted concepts such as literacy, learning,
teaching, skills and so on. Contributors are asked to write in a manner
accessible to readers outside of their respective fields. We encourage the
use of images, mixed media, and externally linked or referenced material.
Thus, we encourage provocations and novel ways of integrating image,
diagram, illustration and other modalities, within and through the book’s
pages. To build this book collaboratively and speak across chapters, we
will share material, peer edit and discuss contributions within respective
sections. In addition, each chapter will undergo rigorous double blind

Key dates:


   Abstracts of 500 words (theoretical framework, methods and focus) plus a
   100 word biographical statement: February 25, 2019

   Invitations for full chapters sent to authors: March 26, 2019

   Full chapters (6000-7000 words including references) submission: September
   10, 2019

Please email submissions and queries to the relevant section editor (see
emails in the beginning of each section description).

Section 1: Conceptualizing Visual Pedagogies

Section editor: Carolina Cambre, Concordia University, Canada.

E-mail: carolina.cambre at concordia.ca

This section explores visual pedagogies theoretically through a collection
of papers that reach into and beyond traditional understandings of both
terms “visual” and “pedagogy.” In his 1648 landmark book on didactics, John
Amos Comenius set out some enduring fundamental principles for teaching and
learning, including what might seem an almost too obvious observation that
“all learning happens through the senses” and thus this book refuses to
relegate its consideration of the visual in pedagogy to the purely
eye-dependent. In other words, we avoid visual essentialism by
understanding that the visual is already irretrievably embedded in other
sensory awareness. Similarly, we consider pedagogy by pluralizing it and
positioning it beyond what might be seen as institutional pedagogical
understandings and approaches by looking to de-link it from strict notions
of being situated in schooling and within certain age-ranges. Instead,
these conceptually oriented papers consider pedagogies in the sense that
these approaches can take multiple, non-linear, and situated approaches
whether collective or individual that can encompass diverse spaces. Thus
the official space of the classroom is one amongst many pedagogical spaces
that can include ceremonial, artistic, public, mediated, athletic,
informal, community-based and work-related arenas.

Chapters in this section will re-think what visual pedagogies involve:
including foregrounding the social nature of pedagogy and asking: What does
it mean to look together, and deliberately attend to something in a process
of desire and possibility?  Visual pedagogies are by nature nomadic and do
not separate the how of educating from the what. What does this mean? First
it means recognizing that “Pedagogy is never innocent,” and that it
“carries its own message” (Bruner 1996: 63). Visual pedagogies respond and
are actualized within the cultural contexts in which they are working, yet
they are not “wed to a context but are taken up in unpredictable ways
across various contexts” (Masny & Waterhouse 2011: 291 emphasis in
original). As visual pedagogies gain momentum across fields, the need to
navigate visual environments both digital and offline in ways that enhance
sensibility and awareness of how/what to observe, analyze, criticize and
reflect on in any given moment continues to grow.

Section 2: Case Studies of Visual Pedagogies in Education

Section editor: Edna Barromi-Perlman, University of Haifa, Kibbutz College
of Education, Israel.

E-mail: edna.barromi at smkb.ac.il

Reading and interpreting the visual worlds in which we live, work, teach
and educate has emerged as an important feature in educational
environments. Educational practice is influenced and maneuvered by
continual flows of visual imagery, which manifest across multitudes of
platforms and modalities. This section of the book will collect case
studies based on empirical fieldwork, that reflect on forms of developing
knowledge in visual pedagogy and how this knowledge might affect academic
or other educational practices, societies, communities and educational
systems. This section thus invites case studies of research/action research
conducted in this field. The case studies will explore different paradigms
and discuss the empirical manifestation of visual pedagogies in the field.

The case studies will build on current theories and address diverse
audiences as well as diverse learning institutions on a global level. The
selection will aim for an international and cross-cultural scope, so that
each case study will present challenges specific to its country of origin.
The research will encompass fieldwork in formal and informal educational
settings as well as digital practices, educational media, online material
and printed material and will be open to work that explores various,
alternative visual platforms in educational institutions and beyond.

Section 3: Visual Pedagogies in Practice

Section editor: Joanna Kedra, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

E-mail: joanna.kedra at jyu.fi

This section explores visual pedagogies in classroom related contexts by
immersing readers straight into the concrete examples of educational
practices. In a world saturated by images and digitally and visually
mediated communication, visual competency has come to the forefront in the
21st century. Subsequently, the need for skills in visual interpretation,
image creation, evaluation and usage has demanded increased attention in
education. Today’s students are assumed to be fluent in digital and visual
technologies, mainly, due to their perpetual immersion into visually and
technologically mediated communication. However, recent studies that
examine visual literacy of young adults, mainly visual interpretation, but
also abilities in visual production and image use, indicate that the
assumption of today’s learners being technologically and visually savvy is
mistaken. Thus, there is a pressing need for relevant visual pedagogies.
However, practical teaching tools that may assist in developing students’
visual competency are still lacking, along with in-depth reflection on
visual teaching practices.

At the core of this section lies a desire to introduce and critically
evaluate models for teaching-learning interactions with various types of
visuals. Visual pedagogies are understood as educating ‘with’ or ‘about’
visuals as well as a group of practices toward development of learners’
visual literacy.  Contributors of this section examine visually oriented
practices, modes and models and reflect upon them. This section will
provide fresh scholarly perspectives within an area of pedagogy that calls
for more substantive reflection and practice-based approaches.


"'The ice in the North is melting. What will it take to melt the ice on the
human heart?'"

*Dr. Carolina Cambre Assistant Professor Concordia University,
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