GKA VISUAL 2022 |  June, 16-17 | Madrid, Spain

8th International Conference on Visual Culture in collaboration with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 

Hybrid Conference
Highlighted theme
Scientific Coordination
Key Dates
Proposal submission

Highlighted Theme

Visual culture and the creation and recreation of identities, ethnicities and genders in globalized era.

Within visual culture, media brands overload everyday life. For example, the classic categories of the visual arts are questioned by current realities, especially those related to virtuality. Given that it is not a matter of excluding, but of complementing, to what extent is it urgent to develop creative resources to give continuity to the classic? The power of the media and culture, in general, continually influence the spaces of production, consumption and distribution of art. This generates a constant revision of the paradigms of visual culture, of that which goes from the street to the virtual, from the physical to the mental. How do the artistic media interpret or rearrange these cultural transits? How does the traditional dialogue and interact with the avant-garde in order to merge and coexist? Can we measure the interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity of the aforementioned?

From a pandemic that makes us see the horror, but also brings us closer to the possibilities, visual culture, as could be other fields of study, potentiates new and different interpretations of visuality. There is a tendency for the visual to look more at society, to be within the social, to reflect more forcefully the political, social and community projects in the visual and the images. Beyond the forms, who do we represent, and how and why do we represent them? From both the sender and the receiver, how do the changing contexts in which we live create and redefine audiences and interpretations of the visual?


Highlighted Themes:

  1. Artists, data creation and artificial intelligence.
  2. Art for whom: public arts, collective memory, cultural heritage
  3. New genres of visual art and art
  4. Eventuality of art: exhibitions, festivals, biennials
  5. Creation and diffusion of spaces: museums and galleries as social institutions
  6. Inclusive communities: race, identity, gender in the face of human rights and social justice.
  7. Functional diversities: access and participation in the face of disabilities.
  8. Dialogue between popular culture and media
  9. The business of art markets.
  10. Ethics of the visual: intellectual property and copyrights.

Other conference themes:

  • Image and society
  • Visual culture
  • History and philosophy of the visual
  • The image industry

Scientific Coordination

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 is Full 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, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain.
  • Suki Kwon, University of Dayton, USA.
  • Paola Dalla Torre Libera, Università Maria Ss. Assunta, Italy.
  • Ismael López Medel, Azusa Pacific University, USA.
  • José Carlos del Ama, Central State Connecticut University, USA.
  • Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Wilma Arellano Toledo, INFOTEC-CONACYT, Mexico.
  • Sergio Ferreira do Amaral, Universidad de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
  • Antonio Scontrino, Bowling Green State University, USA.
  • David Caldevilla Domínguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Alan McLane-Alejos, Independent Scholar / Film Industry Professional, USA.
  • Marcos A. Vélez Rivera, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • Ana Beriain Bañares, Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, Spain.
  • Hipólito Vivar Zurita, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Ignacio Blanco Alfonso, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain.
  • Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

Key dates

1st Call for papers

March 1, 2022

Early Registration

March 10, 2022

FINAL Call for papers

June 1, 2022

FINAL Registration

June 10, 2022

How to participate


Submit your proposal

To fill in the submission form, you will need the following information about the proposal: title, short abstract (max. 300 words), long abstract (for the Book of Proceedings), keywords, the language of the presentation, data of the main author and data of the co-authors.



The scientific committee will review your proposal within 2-3 weeks and send you a notification with their decision by email (please check your SPAM folder). Once your proposal has been accepted, you must pay for your registration at the conference.


Submit your article

Speakers may submit an article for FREE publication in a GKA indexed journal, as assessed by the scientific committee. Check the guidelines at this link


Prepare your presentation

The conference program will be published a few weeks before the start of the event. Check the day, time and room where your presentation has been scheduled. Prepare your presentation using the template and review the guidelines for the type of presentation you have chosen.

Proposal submission

Next deadline:
March 1, 2022.

Download the PPT template

On-site presentations

Virtual presentations


Duration: 15-20 min. Audiovisual equipment available: YES..


This type of presentation is best suited to work on either academic work or research already done. The authors will present a summary of their work (purpose, procedures, results or products). The presentations will be grouped according to the theme or perspective in thematic sessions (which last 60, 75 or 90 minutes) with a question & answer time and group discussion once all the presentations are finished.


Duration: 30 min. Audiovisual equipment available: NO.


This format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that are presented on posters/panels. In these sessions (usually lasting about 30 minutes), authors have the chance to exhibit their work and to participate in an informal discussion with other attendees. Each poster should include a brief summary and indicate the objectives, methodology and conclusions of the work. The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 110 cm tall x 85 cm wide.


Live presentation. Duration: 15 min.


The speaker will enter live into a virtual room on the ZOOM platform – together with other speakers on the same topic – and will present his or her work for a maximum of 15 minutes, with the support of slides (e.g. PowerPoint). Each room will have a moderator and at the end of the session, there will be a 20-minute space for questions from the virtual audience.


Recorded presentation. Duration: 5 min.


This option is ideal for those who cannot participate live at the conference. This option allows the author to attach a 5-minute video at the time of submitting their proposal. The video will be published in the video library of the conference and will be available to all attendees of the event. Important: it is necessary that the video has an oral presentation.


Before registering, check the frequently asked questions and our cancellation policy.

Registration as a listener is free of charge, but it is necessary to register for the conference before June 10, 2022.

Article publication

Speakers may submit an article for FREE publication, according to the evaluation of the scientific committee, in the journal:

Cover of VISUAL REVIEW. International Visual Culture Review

VISUAL REVIEW. International Visual Culture Review

VISUAL Review is a scientific journal that publishes original works on visual culture, that which analyzes the ways in which culture is manifested and interpreted through visual artifacts or products: paintings, prints, photographs, films, television, video, advertisements, cyberspace, scientific and news images. We welcome research articles, reflective articles, review articles, reviews, and also proposals for the publication of monographs (special issues). The journal has an anonymous peer review process (double-blind) and publishes texts written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Index: Scopus, Crossref, REDIB, EBSCO, Dialnet.

Submit article
Download template


La Corrala Cultural Center (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Located in the center of the city -in the historic corrala on Carlos Arniches Street, in the middle of El Rastro-, La Corrala Cultural Center aims to project the creativity and scientific innovation capacity of the UAM to the whole of Madrid. This purpose is enhanced by its location in a neighborhood that, at present, socially and culturally, in its dynamics of coexistence, could be described as one of the city’s workshops of the future.

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is one of the most important universities in the Madrid public system. Its location, on the Cantoblanco campus, on the outskirts of the capital, and the fact that it is very close to some of the facilities of the Scientific Research Council (CSIC) accentuate its character as a markedly research-oriented university, which has been present since the institution’s beginnings in 1968. The Cantoblanco campus, its current headquarters, covers an area of more than 22 million square meters and is considered one of the 24 environmentally sustainable campuses in the world. The university also has a Faculty of Medicine, located in the Ciudad Universitaria de La Paz, and several affiliated centers in various parts of Madrid.


The program is provisional and will be updated shortly.

You can consult the program of the previous edition at the following link.

Thursday, June 16
Keynote Sessions
Poster Session
Thematic Parallel Sessions
Friday, June 17
Keynote Sessions
Poster Session
Thematic Parallel Sessions