Congress Program

Each year, the International Congress on Visual Culture attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The congress program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

Last program update: April 11th.

2019 Program Preview
Plan of the Congress Building
Plan of Congress Building

Congress Venue

Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Metropolitan Campus

Carretera # 1 Calle Francisco Seín, Río Piedras, PR 00919 | Website

2019 Highlighted Theme

Latin America from the Image: the Historical Narrative and Visual Culture

Although in historical narration it is very easy to recognize the use of the written document, with the purpose of reconstructing the past, there are efforts aimed at experimenting with visual resources. There has been an interest in analyzing these sources as productions elaborated and disseminated with intentionality, in certain periods and spaces. Studies on visual culture, by the way, have provided theoretical and methodological basis, to experiment with material artifacts with symbolic, aesthetic, political-ideological, ritualistic purposes, which seek, precisely, to attract the gaze. Without being limited to them, this is why research on cartography, photography, film, television, cyberspace, surrealist and conceptual art and architecture, among others, takes priority.

In this way, this congress proposes a dialogue between history and visual culture, in order to reflect “visually” issues applicable to that great reality called Latin America, such as political propaganda, the configuration of collective memories, the construction of the nation, the articulation of identities and subjectivities, among others, using the principle of scrutinizing the image from production to reception and consumption. This effort will have three central goals:

1. reflect on the possibilities of the image to give visibility both to the generalities and to the particular aspects of human actions
2. provide disciplinary insights that are not restricted to the interpretation of the historian and
3. demonstrate the relationship between the historical relevance of the image, the pertinence of visual culture and the revisionist nature of historical studies.

Plenary Speakers

Rafael Cabrera Collazo

Prof. Rafael L Cabrera Collazo, PhD – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

When tourism becomes a videographic: (visual representations of contemporary Puerto Rican marginality

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras. He has realized postdoctoral studies in the universities of Oxford, in England, and in Bologna, in Italy. Currently, he is in charge of the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History at the same institution. Cabrera is dedicated to work about visual semiology and the effect of the mass media on daily life. It also researches aspects related to social and economic history at the conjuncture of the Spanish-American War, especially in the areas of microhistory and regional history. His research work has been published inside and outside of Puerto Rico, standing out his book Los dibujos del progreso: el mundo caricaturesco de Filardi y la crítica al desarrollismo muñocista, 1950-1960 (The drawings of progress: the caricature world of Filardi and the critique of muñocista developmentalism, 1950-1960). He has published several essays about culture of music video in the 1980s. He has given lectures and has offered seminars about visual image studies in universities in Mexico, Spain and Colombia, highlighting the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.

Aileen Estrada

Prof. Aileen Estrada Fernández, PhD – Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Puerto Rico)

Sight and contemporary visual culture: the experience beyond the eyes

Aileen Estrada Fernández is a Professor at the Ferré Rangel School of Communication at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, where she has also served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of the Academic Research Center (from where she headed the Institute for the Study of Violence in the Media and a Critical Media Reading Program) and Director of the former Communication Department. Teaches research methods and communication theories. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her master’s degree from the School of Public Communication of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, where she has been recognized as a former Distinguished student. His bachelor’s degree in Psychology is from the Faculty of Social Sciences also from the UPR-Río Piedras. She has been a Scholar-in Residence at the New York University and the Communication Department of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and has been a guest speaker at the Menéndez Pelayo International University and the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence, both in Valencia, Spain. She has published two books on violence in the media and critical reading of media and published in local and international magazines.

Gustavo Norberto Duperré

Prof. Gustavo Norberto Duperré – Universidad del Salvador and Head Office of Culture and Education (Argentina)

From the Pre-Hispanic to the Nationalist Vanguards of the 20th Century in the Visual Texts of Latin America: Identities of Singularity and Diversity

Gustavo Norberto Duperré graduated in Arts and History Management from the University of El Salvador in Argentina, degree accredited by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He also holds a teacher training degree in Geography oriented to Social Sciences and for fourteen years he has been working as Head Instructor at the General Management of Culture and Education in the jurisdiction of Buenos Aires. He is a candidate for the UNESCO Chairs Programme on Cultural Tourism UNTREF/AAMNBA and Heritage and Sustainable Tourism: International Postgraduate Degree from the National University of Tres de Febrero and the Fine Arts Museum Friends Association, Argentina. He has worked in different activities in the field of culture: in research, as a curator, and also in management. He has contributed with various international congresses in Madrid, Roma, Paris, Ottawa and Cuba. Among his lines of research the following are to be highlighted: digital workflows for Heritage conservation, public image of the museum and its social projection, Jules Verne literature, and links between environmental sciences and contemporary art, some of which topics have been published in the following websites: Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Jules Verne Hispanic Society.

Ana Sánchez-Muñoz

Prof. Ana Sánchez-Muñoz, PhD – California State University (USA)

Attractive Image/Repulsive words. When inclusion in Hollywood stays at the surface.

Dr. Sánchez-Muñoz has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics form the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Currently, Dr. Sánchez-Muñoz is a Full Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge (Los Angeles, California), and recently served as Chair of the Linguistics Department. She regularly teaches Language and Linguistics courses including Ethnolinguistics, Language and Gender, Language Acquisition and Language Development in ethnic and minority students. Sánchez-Muñoz’ research examines issues related to language in U.S. Latina/o communities, such bilingualism and multilingualism, language discrimination, and language contact and change. She has published and edited books, journal articles, and chapters on Chicana/o language use, sociolinguistics, and on Spanish as heritage language.

Highlighted Sessions

Antonio Scrotino
Bowling Green State University (USA)

The use of 360 Panoramic Photography and Virtual Reality Tours to Enhance Recruitment in Innovative Colleges and Universities.

Carolina Hermida Bellot

Marcos A. Vélez Rivera,
Universidad del Este (Puerto Rico)

El folleto ilustrado y la construcción de una iconografía de lo puertorriqueño

Francisco Cabezuelo-Lorenzo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Lecciones de periodismo desde el cine: el caso de Truman Capote.

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