7th International AVP Conference, 2023

Decolonising Visuality: Visibilising Pedagogies

8-10 June 2023

at theĀ University of Canterbury,

in Ōtautahi, Aoteatoa | Christchurch, New Zealand

Register Here!

We invite you to join us for the 7th International AVP Conference to be held at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand from 8-10 June, 2023.Ā 

The focus of this conference is on the de-limiting potential for visual pedagogies to decolonise learning. To visibilise pedagogies means to critically examine visual productions – making space for creative alternatives and ruptures.Ā Ā Ā 

In doing so we resist the recolonising effects of binding thought or practice. Instead we invite expansive encounters with visualisations as pedagogical acts in and for a changing world.Ā 

This conference will offer an interactive and engaging space for sharing contemporary projects that inquire into and highlight tensions in visual pedagogies, particularly in visual spaces that render and represent people, peoples, land, and more.


The call for abstracts is now open!

Abstracts are being sought in response to the following conference themes:

Indigenous approaches to decolonising visualities:

Visualities from an Indigenous perspective, re-framing perceptions and visibilising individuals and peoples.

Performative visualities:

Oral traditions, artistic imagery, song, performance, dance and more.

Teaching and learning in the pluriverse:

Exploring hybrid, augmented, virtual and other digital spaces and their subsequent ramifications for the formation of identities through the visual.

Post-human and more-than-human visualisations:

TheorisingĀ  the multiplicity(ies) of visualisation and visbilities and beyond human ways of knowing and seeing.

Visual literacies and rhetorics:

Critical and political readings of the visual.

Visual pedagogies at play:

Spaces for a range of playful, immersive, exploratory visual pedagogical experiences (e.g. embodied talanoa, artistic installations, app/gaming, film screening, photography, digital imagery).

Submit Abstract Here!

Your abstract will be peer reviewed. On acceptance, your abstract will be published in the conference handbook, which will be shared with all participants and members of AVP.


You are also encouraged to submit your full video article for publication in our journal VJEP

Key Dates

Call for abstracts opens: 1st November 2022

Call for abstracts closes: 1st March

Abstract Reviews completed and authors notified of outcomes: 1st May

Presenter Registration Deadline: 15th May

Programme published: 30th May

Conference Programme

Thursday 8th June, 2023

8:00: Conference Registration opens
9:00: Mihi Whakatau
10:00: Morning Tea
10:30: Welcome
11:00: Keynote #1
12:00: Lunch
1:00: Parallel papers/presentation session #1
2:00: Parallel papers/Presentation Session #2
2:30:Afternoon tea
3:00: AVP AGM
4:30: Film Screenings/Performances/Exhibitions (*Optional, with pizza dinner)
7:00: End of Day 1


Friday 9th June, 2023

8:00: Brill Video Journal Of Education and Pedagogies Breakfast event – Publishing workshop (*Optional, subsidised by Brill, restricted numbers)
9:30: Keynote #2
10:30: Morning Tea
11:00: Parallel papers/presentation session #3
12:00: Lunch
1:00: Keynote #3
2:00: Parallel papers/presentation session #4
3:00: Afternoon Tea
3:30: Plenary Session
4:30: Conference Closing
6:00: Conference Dinner Event (*Optional, additional cost)

Saturday 10th June, 2023

*10:30am- 2:30pm: “Visual Pedagogies: Possibilities for teaching and learning”. Ā (led by PoP: Pedagogies of Possibilities in collaboration with AVP*).Ā  A practical day of workplay and discussion for teachers/kaiako/lecturers and all who teach (or wish to teach) visually.Ā 

*Please sign up for these events as additional components of your registration.


Keynote speaker: Professor E. J. White: “Move over text-based learning, visual pedagogies are here to stay!”

Special Events in Aotearoa New Zealand around the conference:

Matariki is our newest public holiday. Celebrating te tau hou Māori (the Māori new year), this celebration is organised around the lunar calendar, and the rise of Matariki (Pleiades) constellation.Ā 


Kai Tahu prepare for the new year with the rise of Puaka (Rigel) which can be observed over the weekend of the AVP conference. With sufficient interest from conference participants, we will arrange a day trip to Mt Johnwhich is at the centre of the Dark Sky project in Tekapo.Ā 

Please contact visualpedagogies@gmail.com if you are interested in this option.Ā 

You may wish to submit a full article to our journal – VJEP

Publish with VJEP!
Your abstract will be peer reviewed. On acceptance, your abstract will be published in the conference handbook, which will be shared with all participants and members of AVP.

Our Open Access Scopus journal – Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy prioritises all aspects of visual learning and teaching – in and beyond traditional learning contexts. We encourage articles that include video and/or image components or which replace text altogether! In accordance with the themes of this yearā€™s conference we invite two special topics for those who wish to take their conference presentations into the world. We will be offering a publishing session at the conference or you can contact the guest editors in advance of the conference to find out more. We encourage creative expressions and alternative forms of representation and thought.Ā 

For those who wish to seek support for video preparations please contact Dr Bridgette Redder bridgetteredder@gmail.com or Dr Rene Novak proronny@gmail.com. Both will be on hand at the conference, as will Editor-in-Chief Jayne White and representatives from Brill, our publisher.


Special Topics for VJEP arising from the AVP Conference:Ā 

Decolonising Visualities

Guest Editors: Professor Carl Mika carl.mika@canterbury.ac.nz, and Associate Professor Jacoba Matapo jacoba.matapo@aut.ac.nz

We invite you to submit video articles on the broad topic of ā€˜Decolonising Visualitiesā€™, exploring different ways of seeing and the importance of decolonizing sight and perception in and beyond education. We encourage diverse approaches to the theme, especially those that collapse the dominance of text.Ā 

Deadline for first drafts: 1 September 2023


Visibilising Pedagogies

Guest Editors:Ā  Dr Andrea Delaune andrea.delaune@canterbury.ac.nz, Toni Torepe toni.torepe@canterbury.ac.nz, & Professor E. Jayne White jayne.white@canterbury.ac.nz

We invite you to submit video articles on the broad topic of ā€˜Visibilising Pedagogiesā€™, exploring the multiple intersections and synergies between visualities, pedagogies, and visual media. We take a broad view of pedagogies as processes of teaching and learning across complex and diverse spaces and communities. In summoning the term ā€˜visibilisingā€™ we draw attention to the politics as well as the practices and processes of visual representations in education. Attention could also be drawn to how learning is represented, by whom, for whom, and by association, how learners are rendered capable (or otherwise). Approaches that incorporate theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical dimensions of visualities are encouraged.Ā 

Deadline for first drafts: 1 August 2023