Vis Com 28 in Rhode Island

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 Harrington School of Communication and Media at 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.

The center provides a package that includes a full American Plan so the rate you see in the FAST FACTS is the total room and meals for the duration of the conference, per person/double occupancy.

Please  check out the website to register for the conference.

May 1 – Conference Registration
May 1 – Room Reservations

Registration Fee: $50.00 ($25 for students)
Room/Board: $ 625 – $735 (sponsorships pending)

Roxanne O’Connell, Roger Williams University
Programming: Trischa Goodnow, Oregon State University
Sponsors: Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island



The organizers of the 28th Annual Visual Communication Conference invite faculty and students to submit research and creative presentations from the varied and emergent field of visual communication. Topics may include, but are not limited to, graphic design, visual aesthetics, visual rhetoric, semiotics, still and motion photography, documentary and feature films, visual literacy, visual ethics, multimedia and new communication technologies, visual culture, and pedagogy in visual communication. While traditional research is welcome, authors and creators of all accepted submissions must present their work in a visual way.  In addition, video presentations of research will be considered creative work and reserved for the creative work sessions.

VisCom brings together a community of visual communication scholars and creative practitioners passionate about the visual. It is a plenary conference where everyone presents to everyone, and presenters are encouraged to stay for the entire time. The sessions take place in a visually stimulating environment with an afternoon off to enjoy the scenery. Works-in-progress are the norm. Finished papers are encouraged. The conference organizers will accept only one submission per person.

The conference format will feature three types of presentations

Standard session: A 15-minute presentation with five minutes for discussion. Presentations will be placed into groups of four to five with a facilitator.

Lightning session: A fast-paced, five-minute presentation of around 10-15 slides followed by 3-5 minutes of discussion. Lightning sessions can tightly focus on a specialized topic that might not warrant a 15-minute presentation or lay out the broad outlines of a work-in-progress at its initial, generative stage.

Creative works session: Short films or other creative works for relaxed presentation, probably in the evening. This category includes any presentation where the author does not actively present his/her material but, instead, provides it for viewing with a Q&A after.

Only registered presenters will be included in the program.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whispering Pines Conference Center
30 Louttit Lane, West Greenwich, RI, 02817


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