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2nd International Conference on Arts and Cultures 
in collaboration with Universidad de Cádiz



2nd International Conference on Arts and Cultures 
in collaboration with Universidad de Cádiz


Conference Partner

Universidad de Cádiz

The University of Cádiz is a public university of the autonomous community of Andalusia in Spain. Founded in 1979, it currently offers 61 degrees and has become one of the highest institutions in the province of Cádiz, playing an essential role in its economy, given its open, cosmopolitan nature and its Atlantic projection welcomes students from five continents with important exchange agreements with Spanish-American, English, Russian and African universities. It is also part of the Erasmus European Program. The University of Cádiz has 20,798 students, 1,698 professors and 2680 administration and services professionals. The university has four campuses: Bahía de Algeciras, Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto Real and Cádiz. In the latter is the Rectorate and the oldest Faculty of the UCA, that of Medicine, as well as the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences.

Scientific Director

Rafael Cabrera

Prof. Rafael Cabrera Collazo, PhD. – Universidad Interamericana de 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.

Scientific Committee Members

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Cinema as subversive art: avant-garde, resistance and rearrangements

When defining the work The cinema as a subversive art of the Austrian-born film critic Amos Vogel, the II International Conference on Arts and Cultures uses the same title of this work as a reference, not to limit itself to those desires or tastes of Viennese by censored films for its disturbing content and with explicitly sexual or violent images, but for seeing in the cinema, in addition to the above, an inciting, answering, transforming, avant-garde and critical art. In short, it is to appreciate from the beginning of the cinema its competences to be art and its capacity as a catalyst for socio-cultural changes, at national and international level.

Together with the discussion of the thematic subversion of the medium in front of other artistic ways, the editions against ideologies and aesthetics will be evaluated, which also appear in a cinema that exchanges or manipulates our conscious and unconscious, demystifies visual taboos and modifies the visions of existing values ​​and institutions. In turn, the technological forms will be analyzed, including the new digital and virtual configurations that the cinema has used to represent and question science, politics, philosophy, modern art, among others.

Within all the above, in addition to film productions, other manifestations born in the heat of this art will be included, such as the video clip, video games, video art, net-art, among others.

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Prof. Óscar Lapeña Marchena, PhD – Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)

Perfiles cinematográficos el personaje de Espartaco: el resistente multiusos

Professor of Ancient History at the Cádiz University (Spain), since 1996. Doctor in Ancient History since 2001. Teaching experience in History, HUmanities and Classical Philology. His basic research line are the relationship between Cinema and History, in particular, Ancient History. He is researcher responsable for the HUM-1206 group “Imagen y Memoria: miradas transversales entre la Historia y los Medios Audiovisuales”. He is the autor of the books El Mito de Espartaco.  De Capua a Hollywood (2007), Guida al Cinema Peplum (2009), and Cinco perspectivas sobre el Mundo Antiguo y los géneros cinematográficos (2020, in press). Editor of Cine y Eros (2017), and El cine va de viaje (2019), as well as co-editor of El poder a través de la representación fílmica (2015), and Imagining Ancient Cities in Film. From Babylon to Cinecittá (2015).

Prof. Ana Panero, Ph.D. – Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Interpretaciones de la mujer subversiva: el caso de Gradiva en el cine, la literatura y la fotografía

PhD cum laude in Information and Communication Sciences. Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado 2013) – Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Bachelors degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bachelors degree in Publicity and Public Relations, Master degree in Communication and Art – Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research is focused on media analysis, marketing, contemporary art and gender as a cultural construction. She worked in the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid, Spain) and in Dorset College (Dublin, Ireland). Her work has been published in various research journals and international conferences. She is currently a Lecturer in Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland) and an active member of the research groups “Arte, Arquitectura y Comunicación en la Ciudad Contemporánea” (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and “Imagen y Memoria” (Universidad de Cádiz )

Highlighted Sessions

La última tentación de Brian: de la subversión del cine bíblico a la reflexión posterior

Miguel Dávila Vargas-Machuca
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía

La frustración fílmico-dialectal almodovariana: un análisis de la intraducibilidad subersiva en el cine de Pedro Almodóvar en la década de los 80

Jordi Macarro Fernández
Université de Lille

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