Program 2018-04-20T21:20:37+00:00

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 20, 2018.

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2018 Highlighted Theme

Contributions of the Christian Art to the Contemporary Visual Cultures

We live in an era in which everything is looked at in terms of images; as Heidegger would call it, in a world overpopulated with images. We get to the point of confusing what is real with what it represents. Deeply rooted in Western culture, the Christian artistic tradition also appears in many classifications of images. Aesthetics, on the other hand, has studied Christian art in a more classical way. However, it is necessary to extend that field to contemporary visual cultures or to the sensitive production of our times that involves the viewer’s way of observing and his relationship with the object observed. How do we read or re-read Christian images within the current cultural convulsions? What is the viewer’s relationship with them? Do Christian images alter our view of the world? What do Christian images mean for our lives? The central subject of this Conference deals with this theoretical and methodological relevance. It includes the fields of production and visual communication, fine arts, popular art, advertising, electronic images, photography, posters, caricatures, fashion, film, videos, multimedia, video art, eco art, audiovisual shows, and giant screens, including architecture and forms of active and passive recreation, among others.

Plenary Speakers

Ms. Chantal Amyot

Chantal Amyot – Canadian Museum of History (Canada)

The Canadian History Hall – A New Take on National Narrative

Ms. Amyot has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Montréal and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England. She has published three major works: Special Delivery: Canada’s Postal Heritage (in collaboration with Bianca Gendreau and John Willis) Country Post, Rural Postal Service in Canada, 1880 to 1945 (in collaboration with John Willis) and Stories of Canada (in collaboration with David Morrison and Lisa Leblanc). Ms. Amyot first joined the Canadian Museum of History in 1988 as a member of the exhibition team for the Canadian Postal Museum. At the Postal Museum, she served as Curator and Head of Public Programs, and was then responsible for planning. Her next position was as Manager of Exhibitions at the Museum of Civilization. In 2005, she became Director of Exhibitions and in 2012 became Director of the Canadian History Hall. She is now Director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience.

Dr. Rafael Cabrera

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

Religion, cinema, and cyberspace: secularization of contemporary visual culture.

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.

Prof. Paola Dalla Torre

Prof. Paola Dalla Torre, PhD – LUMSA Università Maria SS. Assunta (Italy)

The end of postmodern cinema? The example of Christopher Nolan cinema

Paola Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto graduated in 2001 in Communication Sciences at the LUMSA University of Rome. In 2007 she obtained a Ph.D. in History of Cinema in her interrelations with theater and other arts at the University of Roma Tre, with a thesis on postmodern American cinema. From 2007 to 2010 she was an associate profesor at the University of Viterbo in the chair of History and Cinema Criticism. From 2009 to 2012 she was a researcher at the LUMSA of Rome in the chair of Theories and Techniques of cinematographic language. From 2010 to 2012 she was scientific coordinator and teacher of the IP project entitled “Italian cinema: from neorealism to sixty”, held at LUMSA in collaboration with some foreign universities (Vigo, Madrid, Lisbon, Krakow). Her main areas of research are: the relationship between cinema and the sacred, the study of contemporary cinema in its ethical-philosophical implications, the analysis of the genre of science fiction in the contemporary world, the study of Italian neorealist cinema and modernity up to the sixty-eight with some insights into European cinema, the relationship between cinema and literature and in recent years the image of the city in cinema. The results of the researchs conducted were presented at national and international conferences and produced numerous scientific publications (monographs, essays in volumes and articles in magazines).

Dr. Juan Manuel Zaragoza

Prof. Juan Manuel Zaragoza, PhD – Universidad de Murcia (Spain)

La Sala Zenobia Camprubí – Juan Ramón Jiménez: un espacio para los cuidados.

Juan Manuel Zaragoza has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Murcia, a degree in Documentation also from the University of Murcia, and a PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid, within the PhD program “Science and Culture”, with a thesis entitled The terminally ill as an interactive class. Incurable patients in Spain (1850-1955). His main areas of research are: the history of medicine, from the perspective of the patient, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the material culture of experience; and the history of care. He has been a professor of bioethics at the Miguel Hernández University in the 2016-2017 academic year and is currently a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Murcia. He is the author of several articles on the history of medicine and the history of emotions in prestigious journals of the area, such as Dynamis and Asclepius. In recent years he has worked extensively in outreach and knowledge transfer activities. In his current research project, entitled “Fragilidades”, he investigates, from a transdisciplinary perspective, the experiences of fragility related to mental illness and old age.

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