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Picturing The Social: 2016 Conference + Workshop


A one-day conference exploring contemporary image sharing on social media & online visual cultures, which aims to create productive dialogue (We have also organised a small post conference workshop for researchers working in this area, the details of which can be found here.)

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:00 – 17:00
Grand Hall, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Attendance at the conference costs £20. Please register here
The programme for the day can be found here

In recent years individuals, groups of people, and organisations have become more reliant upon visual images and practices of visualisation as means of understanding and communicating about the world. The wide use of camera phones in combination with the on-going rise of social media platforms, catering to easy image sharing, has resulted in everyday image production and sharing on an unprecedented scale. Most recently, Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends report highlights that younger users increasingly prefer to communicate via images, and more broadly, that daily photo sharing across Snapchat, Facebook (including Messenger), Instagram and WhatsApp now exceed 3 billion shares every day (which is up from 1.8 billion in 2014, a figure frequently cited). These activities are increasingly attracting academic interest.

More details here