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.

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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.

Cécile Fromont

Prof. Cécile Fromont, PhD – Yale University (USA)

Cécile Fromont is an associate professor in the history of art department at Yale University. Her writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period (ca 1500-1800) and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World. Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo was published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History. She is currently pursuing two lines of research investigating areas of intersection between visual and material culture, religion, and knowledge creation in cross-cultural environments of early modern Africa and Latin America. The first project is a study of Franciscan Capuchin images of Kongo and Angola composed between 1650 and 1750 that examines the formation and communication of cross-cultural knowledge and the second an investigation of the circulation of African visual, material, and religious culture in the early modern Atlantic world.

www.cecilefromont.com | Academia.edu

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.

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