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  • Call for Proposals: IVLA Conference, Toledo, OH (4/1/20)
  • Call for Papers: SESAH Conference, Natchez, MS (5/1/20)


Call for Proposals: International Visual Literacy Association 52nd Annual Conference, "Seeing Across Disciplines: Visual Literacy and Education," Toledo OH, September 24 - 27, 2020

Deadline: April 1, 2020
IVLA Website:
Conference Information:
Submissions Information: (Click on the Word Download.)
Submissions Email:

Hosted by the University of Toledo and the Toledo Museum of Art
The conference theme is Seeing Across Disciplines: Visual Literacy and Education. The conference will bring together different theoretical viewpoints and practices on visual literacy, joining scholars, students, and practitioners from all over the world in an interesting exchange of ideas. The conference is open to contributions on new theoretical insights, media, innovative practices, and methodologies on assessment and evaluation. The conference takes place in the Center for Visual Arts at the University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio). Paper presentations, round tables, panel sessions, poster sessions and Pecha Kucha are invited.

Conference Venue
Located in Northwest Ohio in the US, the Toledo Region abounds in shoreline, including Lake Erie and the wide, scenic Maumee River. Filled with Metroparks and Rustbelt charm, more than 600,000 people call the Toledo Region home. Travel to the city is easy by air using Toledo Express Airport or Detroit Metropolitan Airport (less than an hour away) or by train or bus from Chicago. 

The Toledo Museum of Art holds major collections of glass art and of 19th- and 20th-century European and American art, as well as small but distinguished collections of Renaissance, Greek, Roman and Japanese art. Adjacent to the TMA is the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts designed by Frank Gehry and hosting the University Art Department. The Museum has been a national leader in promoting the principles of visual literacy in museum education. In a new partnership with The University, the principles of visual literacy are being embedded throughout the university curriculum, making it an ideal venue for Visual Literacy scholars and practitioners in 2020. 

Presentation Types
Paper Presentation (20 minutes)
A 20-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions, comments, and discussion.

Panel Session (40 minutes)
Discussion panels are for a specific issue by a group of practitioners, and/or researchers. They are guided by a chairperson, involving three to five panelists with different positions in the topic.

Poster session (60 minutes)
Poster sessions during the coffee break, stimulating networking and exchange of ideas.

A hands-on, interactive opportunity for professional development in a teaching and learning topic or a relevant method.

Pecha Kucha (7 minutes)
Presenters show 20 slides, 20 seconds each. A dynamic and concise way to make a powerful statement.

The IVLA will award several IVLA conference scholarships in 2020 to enable students who lack financial support to have an opportunity to attend the conference. The IVLA will select applicants who are enrolled at a college or university. Individual scholarships will include IVLA membership for two years. Please note that awarded amounts my vary significantly based upon the travel needs of applicants. One of the awards is reserved for a student from a traditionally under-represented group. 

Scholarship Eligibility
• 18 years or older
• No organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
• Has not attended the conference in the past three years
• Applicants must be full time graduate or undergraduate students
• You will need a Google account to upload documents to the application

To Apply for a Scholarship
Complete the online application at:

The review committee will select individuals who demonstrate that they are most likely to leverage the opportunity. They will seek candidates who are eager to learn and plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained to benefit their careers, their organizations, and their communities. New and Non- IVLA members are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be notified of results via email by close of business June 25th, 2020.


Call for Papers: The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Natchez, MS, September 30 - October 3, 2020

Deadline: May 1, 2020
Submissions & Information:

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) is now accepting paper abstracts for its 2020 Annual Conference to be held in Natchez, Mississippi, from September 30 to October 3.

Papers on any architectural history topic and session theme are welcome. In addition, we invite submissions addressing the following themes:

• Native American Landscapes of the South
• African American Landscapes of the South
• Women Designers of the South
• Historic Preservation as Economic Development
• Heritage Tourism and the Modern South
• Rural Landscapes in the South

The conference will be co-hosted by the Historic Natchez Foundation, Natchez National Historical Park, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Paper abstracts are due by May 1, 2020. Click the link above for the full CFP and more information about the conference. See you in Natchez!