Call: 11th Budapest Visual Learning Conference: Envisioning an Electrifying Future

Call for Abstracts

11th Budapest Visual Learning Conference: ENVISIONING AN ELECTRIFYING FUTURE
November 13, 2024
Budapest, Hungary and online

Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 1, 2024

The 11th Budapest Visual Learning Conference: ENVISIONING AN ELECTRIFYING FUTURE event will take place on November 13, 2024, from 13:00 to 19:20 CET.

  1. General information, suggested topics
  2. How to submit
  3. Plenary speakers
  4. Pre-conference network of submissions displayed
  5. Reference to earlier conferences in this series
  6. Conference homesite

1. This will be a blended (physical and online) conference.

Venue: Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Research Network (HUN-REN RCH), 1097 Budapest, 4 Tóth Kálmán Street.

Organizers: Kristóf Nyíri (Professor of Philosophy, Full Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Dr. habil. Gábor Szécsi (Full Professor; Dean, University of Pécs, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development; Chair, Committee for Communication and Media Theory, Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

The conference is planned as an interdisciplinary encounter of communication and media theory, cultural sciences, sociology, psychology, philosophy, pedagogy, history, political science, picture theory, and other specialties. We insist on achieving new scholarly results. Especially with AI now complementing, or intruding into, the world of the internet, what image of the future can we conceive of, what new patterns of life and in particular what forms of education should we strive to create? Some topics that engage the organizers’ attention (while of course the participants in the conference will bring many other important topics to the fore):

  • AI: promise or peril?
    • phony publications
    • cyborgs and AI
    • AI and transhumanism?
    • medicine and AI
    • AI and epistemology
  • Dilemmas of PowerPoint: a challenge to online talks.
  • Linguistic inequity: a challenge to global scholarship?
  • Neural activity during face-to-face conversations compared to Zoom interactions.
  • Attention span: a vanishing capability.
  • McLuhan revisited: classrooms (and universities) without walls?
  • The coming of yet again a new learning environment?
  • Progressive or conservative education?
  • The state of the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning style typology today.
  • Extended consciousness in a new key.
  • Life on the screen? The Sherry Turkle mystery.
  • Distance and empathy.
  • Nietzsche in the 21st century.
  • Religion and theology in the digital age.
  • Philosophy of science: fragmentation or synthesis?
  • The screen reading controversy.
  • Embodied reading.
  • Touch-screens: visual and tactile.
  • Handwriting: can it / should it have a future?
  • New outlines: do diagrams still matter?
  • Primordial images.
  • Does the torrent of online pictures diminish children’s capacity to form their own mental images?
  • Texts remembered in visual form: Bartlett revisited.
  • Wilfrid Sellars on mental images ß for philosophers only!
  • Theories of meaning, theories of meaninglessness: the end of semantics?
  • Social media and the triumph of mediocrity?
  • The political role of social media.
  • Fake news.
  • The future of democracy.
  • Art and social media.
  • Clothes, fashion, taste & tastelessness in a world dominated by online communication.
  • Builded environment: architecture in a new key.
  • An overpopulated universe?
  • Globalisation and the need for a new localism.
  • Climate change: is there still a hope?
  • The end of history?

2. Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 1, 2024. Please send them to the organizers: and What we expect is a Word document: a 150–200 words abstract, with 30–50 words added describing your affiliation, research interests, and, in case, your main publications. Please use as little formatting as possible. If in the abstract you include references, please do not use the (author, year) ref­erence style, just refer informally to say John Smith, “A Theory of Everything” (1956). Your submission will first be fil­tered by the organizers. In your covering letter please state if you have used, and to what extent and in what way, ChatGPT. This in­formation will not be passed on to the double-blind peer review team, and thus not influence the reviewing process. – Notification of acceptance by July 10, 2024. Authors whose submission is accepted will then be expected to send in their papers – cca. 500 words main text, plus footnotes, images and image captions – by August 15. The papers will be made available online well before the event. Please do not feel the limited length to be an annoyance, take it, rather, as a liberation. Being brief is the new normal. Having regard to the overall time limit, the submitted papers will not be actually read out at the event, but participants will have ample occasion to speak up during the opening and concluding general discussions.

3. The conference will also host some invited plenary talks (15 minutes talking time plus 5 minutes discussion), the abstracts and full texts of which too should be available online prior to the event.

Plenary speakers:
Michalle GAL
James E. KATZ
Stefan Lorenz SORGNER
Nicholas WADE

4. Simultaneously to the papers flowing in, we intend to display the hoped-for thematic con­nections holding between them by fitting each into an unfolding online network (compare the similar network pages of our 2022 and 2020 conferences: /NK.pdf and In a sense, the conference will essentially take place before the event actually happens, we believe this is a sound pattern in a wired world going haywire. Within days subsequent to the conference we plan to publish an elegant online volume.

5. For earlier volumes in the series Perspectives on Visual Learning see Pictorial_Turn (vol. 1, published online and in hardcopy), (vol. 2, published online and in hardcopy), (vol. 3, published online and in hardcopy), (vol. 4, pub­lished online), _the_Screen (vol. 5, published online).

6. To follow the process of the planned conference as it builds itself up, inform yourself by occasionally casting a glance on the and especially the page. Also, as of now, we will be happy to receive letters of interest, please address them to


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