Call: 4th International Congress on Visual Culture

Call for Papers

4th International Congress on Visual Culture
May 28-29, 2018
Rome, Italy

Submit a proposal (a title and an abstract) by December 11, 2017

Dear colleague,

We would like to inform you about the 4th International Congress on Visual Culture that will be held at the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome, Italy, on May 28-29, 2018. The Congress is a forum for academics focused on the crucial challenges faced by visual culture in today’s world, bringing together local and global perspectives. It is an event that contributes to the exchange of ideas and good practices through the promotion of disciplinary, national, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity.

We invite all those wishing to participate to submit a proposal, which can be a lecture, a workshop, a poster exhibition, a round table or a colloquium, addressing social sciences through one of the official themes:

Theme 1: 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. Archaeological sites.
  • Cultural heritage.
  • Fashion. Design. Cosmetics.
  • Body image. Cosmetic surgeries. Eating disorders.
  • The impact of social media on male/female body image.

Theme 2: 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.

Theme 3: History and Philosophy of Visual

  • 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, filmmaking.
  • Visual ethics II: ethics of visual production, ethics of visual reception. Codes of ethics and self-regulation.
  • New visual ecologies. New philosophies.

Theme 4: The Industry of Image

  • 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.

Selected conference papers will be published in The International Visual Culture Review. The next deadline for submitting a proposal to the Congress (i.e., a title and an abstract) is December 11, 2017.

To submit a proposal, visit:

To register for the Congress, visit:

Note that participants who register before October 27, 2017, will be entitled to a super discount on the registration fee.

For further information, please visit:

Do not hesitate to contact us via email at

We look forward to receiving your proposal and meeting you in person in Rome!


Scientific Committee
International Congress on Visual Culture

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Sponsored by: International Community of Visual Culture


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