Call for Papers

3rd International Congress on Visual Culture

May 22-23th, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain | Universitat Abat Oliba CEU

The Scientific Committee is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the 3rd International Congress on Visual Culture is now open. We invite all those wishing to participate to submit a proposal to present their work, which can be a lecture, a colloquium, a workshop, a poster exhibition, or a talking circle, addressing the image and visual culture through any of the congress official themes.

Submit a proposal

Next deadline: April 7th, 2017

For more information on how to submit your proposal please click here.

Themes

Image and Society

  • Mass media. Culture industry.
  • The society of the spectacle.
  • The phenomenon of ‘second screen.’ Multitasking viewers.
  • Media influence and political world.
  • Visual sociology. Visual dimensions of social life.
  • Cultural dimensions of the image: race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexuality, bodies.
  • Advertising. Rhetoric of the image.
  • Propaganda: forms, psychological mechanisms, and political agendas.
  • Global and local images.
  • Galleries. Museums. Achaeological sites.
  • Cultural heritage.
  • Fashion. Design. Cosmetics.
  • Body image. Cosmetic surgeries. Eating disorders.
  • The impact of social media on male/female body image.

The Image Industry

  • Cultural policies.
  • Film industry. Film festivals.
  • Painting and sculpture exhibitions.
  • Auction houses. Agents and agencies.
  • Local and international trade.
  • Digital distribution platforms. Streaming.
  • Self-publishing and self-promotion. Youtubers.
  • Digital devices: smartphones, tablets, augmented reality.
  • Media and education. Edumedia.
  • New business models and new processes.
  • Copyright and intellectual property.
  • Graphic design tools.
  • Interactive multimedia content.
  • Video games.

Visual History and Philosophy

  • History of art.
  • Philosophy of art. Aesthetics.
  • The visible and the invisible.
  • Images and material culture.
  • Technologies of the image.
  • Analyzing images.
  • Iconographic documents. Image archives.
  • Image and social networks. Images on the cloud. Internet.
  • Webcams. Privacy and surveillance.
  • Intellectual property rights. Creative Commons. Reusability.
  • Authorship. Co-authorship. The author-function concept. Death of the author?
  • Elements of the image: perspectives, colors, lines, sight.
  • Visual ethics I: religious images, philosophical images and metaphors, photo and video journalism, filmaking.
  • Visual ethics II: ethics of visual production, ethics of visual reception. Codes of ethics and self-regulation.
  • New visual ecologies. New philosophies.

Visual Culture

  • The substance of the image.
  • Visual form vs visual function.
  • Static images: photography, painting, drawings, comics, sculptures.
  • Dynamic images: cinema, TV, videos, documentaries, animation.
  • Visual rhetoric: charts, paintings, diagrams, webpages, advertising, movies, newspapers, magazines, photographs, newsreels.
  • Explicit images. Hidden messages. Ways of seeing.
  • Visual learning. Visual literacy. Interpreting, negotiating, and making meaning from images.
  • Visual fine arts: drawing, painting, sculptures, photography, video, cinema, ceramics.
  • Visual applied arts: industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art, architecture.
  • Visual communication. Semiotics.
  • Visual storytelling: channels, archetypes, emotions, and engagement.
  • Transmedia storytelling.
  • Visualization technologies.
  • Geographical Information System (GIS). Conceptual maps.
  • Digitization and visualization of cultural objects. 2D and 3D.
  • Medical images. Images in/of science.

2017 Highlighted Theme

100 Years of Avant-Garde: the image revolution

Avant-garde, or avant-garde in French, refers to those artists or works whose ideas, styles and methods were very original or modern compared to the period in which they lived. The main characteristic of the vanguardism was freedom of expression, manifested through the alteration of the structure of the works, the approach of taboo subjects and the subversion of creative parameters.

These renovating artistic movements, generally dogmatic, occurred in Europe in the first decades of the twentieth century; From where they extended to the rest of the continents, mainly towards America, where they faced the modernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so, drawing a story from Dadaism to Situationists to postmodern artists such as the Poets of Language.

This year the congress delves into the legacy of the artistic movements on contemporary visual culture and its various areas: painting, photography, cinema, theater, design, typography, architecture, etc.

Sessions

Communication

This type of session is best suited for works about investigations already undertaken or academic papers. The authors will present a summary of their work (purpose, procedures, results or products). The formal oral presentation of the work should be limited to 15 minutes. Presentations will be grouped according to the theme or perspective of these thematic sessions (which can be 60, 75 or 90 minutes) with a question / answer time and group discussion after all presentations. All rooms will be equipped with projectors for presentations in PDF or PPT.

Workshop

This type of session is best suited to teach or demonstrate certain procedures, skills or techniques. Some considerations that are appropriate for this session format are for example: a demonstration, performance, presentation, discussion or dialogue with the public. These sessions are usually scheduled for about 45 minutes and should be structured so that any explanatory information or input is provided and there is sufficient time for interaction with the public time, participation and involvement.

Poster

This format is ideal for presenting the preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that are rendered in visual displays and/or representations. In these sessions (usually about 45 minutes), the authors have the opportunity to exhibit their work and participate in an informal discussion about their work with other attendees. The posters can be posters, artworks or other visual media. Each poster must include a brief summary of the purpose and work procedures.

Colloquium

This congress session is scheduled in 90 minutes and consists of five authors propose a series based on a common theme documents. Documents can present complementary aspects of a specific body of work, or contrasting views on a specific topic. There must be at least 5 registered participants. The session must conceive about 15 minutes for individual presentations and a minimum of 15 minutes of public debate or questions and answers.

Round Table

This type of session is best suited for position papers, review of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks, works in progress, politic analysis, or topics that generate and benefit from a broad discussion. The authors are assigned a numbered table in a large meeting room for the entire session (usually about 40 minutes), during which they can talk and interact with other attendees interested.