International Conference on Arts and Cultures

The International Community of Arts and Cultures investigates new artistic and cultural forms, product of the art-technology-science meeting, without losing sight of the symbolic-expressive productions of universal art as the basis of contemporary representation systems and the territoriality dimension which has incorporated them into a true visual observatory of actions, exchange and global reach.

Members of this knowledge community include researchers, professors, artists and professionals from diverse fields of study.

The International Conference on Arts and Cultures has become a forum for discussion of concerns that adopt a solid stance from the theoretical and critical about the functions that aesthetic experience and cultural practice represent for contemporary problems. The conference includes prominent speakers – some of the most prestigious thinkers in the world – as well as presentations, workshops and seminars given by professors, researchers and professionals from both the public and private sectors. The official languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Permanent Scientific Director

Prof. Rafael Cabrera Collazo, PhD
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He serves as Associate Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History in this same institution. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Colombia, where he has given seminars on semiotics and visual culture – these being his areas of expertise and research. He currently participates in several academic research networks related to studies into representations of mass media. He is a member of scientific editorial committees at universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina a­­nd the Dominican Republic. These integrate national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture – one being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians (of which he was a founding partner and President between 2001 and 2004) and the other, the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid (where he is currently the Scientific Director on its executive committee). He has written one book himself, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960,  and has co-authored three others. He has collaborated with others published in specialised journals and articles in arbitrated books in Mexico and Spain concerning the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media.

Members of the scientific committee

  • Olga Kolotouchkina, CEU San Pablo University, Spain.
  • Javier Sierra-Sánchez, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Rafael Cabrera Collazo, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Rodrigo Alonso, National University of the Arts, National University of Tres de Febrero and Universidad del Salvador, Argentina.
  • Pilar Montoya Chica, Department of Ancient Music at the Superior Conservatory of Castilla y León and Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Javier Ares Yebra, University of Vigo and Argentine Academy of Communication Arts and Sciences, Spain / Argentina.
  • Alejandro Pérez Ordóñez, Research Group “Laboratory of Archeology and Architecture of the City (LAAC), Spain.
  • Marcos Aurelio Vélez Rivera, Ana G. Méndez University, Carolina Campus, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Ruth Alonso Cabral, Universidad del Salvador and National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina.


Art, culture and society

  • Development of universal art: contexts, historical framework and symbolic-expressive productions.
  • Influences of cultural forms in artistic practice: meanings and associations in the history of art. Philosophical and religious aspects. The creative act and spiritual power.
  • Aesthetic manifestations of cultures in their historical and territorial context: styles, function and circulation. Interdisciplinary interpretation systems.
  • Stylistic and iconographic aspects linked to sociocultural processes. Representation systems
  • Ruptures and continuities: apogee and dissolution of Vanguards. Post-war art and conformation of contemporary art. Artistic movements.
  • Performance or artistic action.
  • Urban art. Environmental sciences and contemporary art. Pop Art, Land art and Earth art.
  • New forms in art: technology and science. Bioart, Strandbeest, the Aerocene project. Cyborg arts. Networks, digital media and interactive forms.
  • The human body as a support and an object of art. Gender and sexuality Expressive materials
  • Democratisation of art and technology. Video installations. Electronic Arts. Creative industries. Statements in urban spaces.
  • Design and creativity. Design thinking
  • Plastic and visual languages. Architecture. Sculpture. Painting. Engraved. Drawing.
  • Creative writing applied to the artistic field: literature, narratives, playwriting and fiction. The relationship between art and literature.
  • Musical arts: techniques, resources and musical production. Genres and composition. Theory, functions and stylistic elements. Interpretation and diversity. Electro-acoustic media.
  • Dance: techniques, choreographic expressions and popular music.
  • Theater arts: set design, lighting and stage direction. Performance: vocal, body and rhythmic dimensions. Acting training and methods. The expressive technical work.
  • History and theory of cinema. Aesthetics and audiovisual language. Documentary cinema.
  • Contemporary cinema and emerging cinematography.
  • Illustration and animation.
  • Artistic photography, image and new audiovisual aesthetics.
  • Decorative and industrial arts.

Managing culture and the arts

  • Policies and legislation on culture and the arts. Culture management.
  • Museums. Galleries. Collections. Fairs and Antique shops. Leading cities and international antiquities. Management problems and typologies.
  • Biennales in the context of globalisation. The role of museums and art collections in the 21st century: the new management narratives.
  • Artistic circuits. Institutions and agents.
  • Marketing, art and culture. Sponsorship and patronage. Segmentation and positioning.
  • Strategic approaches. Formulation and evaluation of artistic projects.
  • Cultural and arts policies: the role of the State, economy and financing.
  • Public and private management models. Comparative studies.
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Global Society: The Work of Art as an Object of Intellectual Protection.
  • The problem of dominion over the work of art.
  • Cultural industries. Crowdfunding, micro-patronage or collective financing.
  • Management of Cultural Policies and Institutions.
  • Documentation, Registration and Archive.
  • Management and Organisation of Events.
  • Finances applied to Art and Culture.
  • Management of Organisations in the fields of Culture and the Arts.
  • Legislation for Artistic Management.
  • Management of International Organisms.
  • Artistic-Cultural cooperation and self-management projects.
  • Educational Management in Artistic Institutions.
  • Management and Communication in the Contemporary World. Creativity, Art and Innovation: Advertising, Cinema, Journalism, Digital Communication, Video Games, Cultural Management, Applied Arts, New Technologies.
  • Administration of Human Resources and Psychosociology of Organisations.
  • Cultural Policies. Communication and Institutional Image.
  • Management of artistic languages: Manual Visual Arts, Literary Genres, Theatre and Dance, Crafts and Folklore, Musical Languages, Visual Arts, Multimedia Arts and Digital Arts.
  • Artistic Heritage Curatorship and Editorial Curatorship.
  • Museums and Historical-Artistic Heritage: History of Collecting. Collections Management.
  • Management and artistic production. Emerging artists: Relations with the media and the public. Legitimation and circuits.

Cultural & Artistic Heritage

  • Expertise and conservation of cultural and artistic heritage. History of conservation and restoration.
  • Historicity of the restoration activity: criteria and theoretical principles.
  • Restoration of cultural goods: artistic techniques. Historicity and theoretical principles.
  • Valuation, intervention-restoration of cultural goods. Preventive conservation.
  • World Heritage: protection actions and contributions to sustainable development.
  • The destruction of heritage in countries in conflict: historical resolutions and conventions. International legal framework. The World Heritage Convention.
  • Management of Heritage Assets. Plundering and illegal trafficking of works of art.
  • Heritage and sustainable tourism. Heritage and Development.
  • Cultural heritage and artistic practice as a factor of identity and community cohesion.
  • Museology and museography: research, documentation and conservation.
  • Administrative typologies and types of museums. Comparative studies.
  • Art history: multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transversal studies.

Curatorship, art history and art market

  • History of art. Exhibition spaces, institutions and agents of the art circuit. Museums, art galleries and unconventional spaces. International art exhibitions.
  • Curatorship. Curatorial stories. Management, planning and setting up exhibitions.
  • Role of the curator: curatorial and exhibition speeches. Construction of scripts, formation of concepts and associative keys.
  • Supports, registration and exhibition.
  • Artistic heritage: historical memory and identity.
  • Art and interculturality: influences and innovation. Social and cultural relevance of artistic heritage.
  • Circulation of works, public and artistic market.
  • Emerging and established artists. Biographical and documentary studies.
  • Creation groups (or collective of artists). Artistic production residencies: collaboration, research and action. Cultural factories. Problems, challenges and opportunities.
  • Competitions, workshops and shows.
  • Art and Education. Artistic training. Universities and study centres: academic plans, programmes and offers.
  • Contemporary art, aesthetics and languages combined.

Theory of contemporary art and aesthetics

  • Historiography and art theory. Comparative Theory of the Arts. Theoretical approaches in relation to art and cultural diversity.
  • Contemporary theories of art and culture. The history of art as a great narrative. Aesthetic currents.
  • The problems of Aesthetics and the critical vision of postmodernity.
  • Iconological and iconographic studies of the work of art. Methodologies of artistic research. Problems of contemporary art.
  • Art and technique. Aesthetics and philosophy of art. Art and creativity.
  • Thought, aesthetics and artistic practices.
  • Forms, functions and meanings of art.
  • Sociology of art.
  • The work of art: aesthetic and morphological criteria.
  • Auratic and post-auratic art.
  • Art after the “end of art”. The new spectator.
  • Art criticism: methods and rhetoric of the image.
  • Critical reception of contemporary art.
  • Problems of modern and contemporary art. Art and Globalisation.
  • Languages and Genres of Art.
  • Art in the Age of Post-Truth.

Art, technology and media

  • Electronic arts. Digital design. Interactive art.
  • Television aesthetics. Artistic promotion and diffusion: specialised press and audiovisual media.
  • Objects, installations, photography and video.
  • Multimedia and digital arts.
  • Images in the global order: asymmetries and access. Differential factors: centre-periphery.
  • Digitalisation of images. Printed art.
  • Virtual museums. The new languages applied to the promotion of the arts: virtualisation of artistic heritage. The role of the public: aesthetic experience and participation.
  • Educational exhibitions: actions, functions and services.
  • Graphic, television and audiovisual press.
  • Social networks as a means of diffusion-promotion of art.
  • Networks, digital media and interactive forms in art.
  • New transmedia narratives: storytelling.
  • Participatory culture online. Associated information technologies. Crowdsourcing. Applications in the cultural field: art, museums and libraries.
  • Popular cultures and media.