School of Education

Research Units/Centres

Research Units/Centres

CVSMC Vision, Mission, and Links


1) Vision statement

To promote visual methodologies as research for social change in Southern Africa

2) Mission statement

The mission of the Centre for Visual Methodologies and Social Change is threefold. Firstly, it is committed to providing support to media studies modules in the Thematic Group of Languages & Arts Education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Secondly, it strives to provide leadership at the faculty-level more generally in relation to visual methodologies, arts-informed research and approaching research as social change – with a particular interest in collaborative participatory outreach and community-based research. Leadership is also provided through its publication and through its linkages to several international projects. Thirdly, it offers a ‘home-base’ for funded research studies of staff involved in specific visual methodology projects with the possibility of establishing itself as a national training center in the area of photo-voice and other action-based visual methodologies.

3) Links to international projects

The Image and Identity Research Collective (,
Digital Girls (,
Gendering Adolescence and AIDS Prevention (,
Visual Methodologies Project.

4) Contact Details

Directors: Ms J. Stuart & Prof. C. Mitchell

School of Education,
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Edgewood Campus, Durban 4001
Tel: 031 260 3409 (Project Manager) 
031 260 3486 (Director)

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