The Image and Identity Research Collective (IIRC)

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Welcome to the Image and Identity Research Collective (IIRC) and Archives. IIRC is a group of scholars and artists founded in 2000 by Sandra Weber from the Department of Education at Concordia University (Montreal) and Claudia Mitchell from the Faculty of Education at McGill University (Montreal).

The work posted here reflects an interest in developing interdisciplinary, image or arts-based research methodologies for the Social Sciences. In our individual and collective projects, we variously use video, film, art installations, photography, performance, and fictional practice to research questions relating to gender, body, dress, popular culture, social policy, girlhood studies, HIV/AIDS, teacher education, and identity. Many of our projects involve critical self-study, memory work, participatory visual methodologies, and collective inquiry.

The site content includes earlier material archived by the original collective as well as later work done with other collaborators. See especially the “Projects since 2009” section on the homepage.

Last updated: April 2013. This site was originally designed by Sandra Weber, Claudia Mitchell, and Scott Dziewirz. Artwork by Sophie Cloutier and Sandra Weber. Contacts: and