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

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

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Scientific Coordination
Keynote Speakers
Conference Proceedings

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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 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.

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.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Francisco Cabezuelo – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

La cultura visual ante la creación de las masculinidades contemporáneas.

Dr. Francisco Cabezuelo is an expert in Communications. He holds a PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from Abat Oliba CEU University of Barcelona and another PhD in Journalism and Information Studies from Complutense University of Madrid. He teaches courses in Communications, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations in Spain and all around the world. He has mentored almost a dozen doctoral thesis. Dr Cabezuelo is the author of more than 100 papers and articles published in English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and Italian. He worked as a journalist for Europa Press News Agency, and as a communication manager for the European Parliament, the Senate of Spain and Expo Zaragoza 2008. He holds the prestigious international grant of La Caixa at McGill University in Montréal, Québec (Canada), IES Scholarship at the University of Saint Thomas, in Minnesota (United States), and Caja Madrid award to study in The Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK). As a visiting lecturer under the Erasmus umbrella has delivered conferences in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Javier Ares Yebra – Universidad de Granada (Spain)

La hoguera de las identidades. Espectáculo y cultura audiovisual en la época de la hiperconectividad digital.

Javier Ares Yebra is a Doctor in Communication from the University of Vigo with an Extraordinary Prize Doctorate and International Mention. Master in Research in Communication (UVigo), Graduate in Audiovisual Communication (URJC), and Extraordinary End of Degree Award in the specialty of guitar by the Higher Conservatory of Music of A Coruña. He has made stays of research at institutions in Switzerland, Norway, Portugal and Argentina, and offered lectures and seminars at Universities in England, Spain and Kazakhstan. As a guitarist, he has given concerts in different countries of Europe, Latin America and Asia. Since 2015 he has been a corresponding academic for Spain of the Academy of Communication Arts and Sciences of Argentina. Teacher of the University of Granada (courses 2020-2021 and 2021-2022), is currently developing a project for postdoctoral research on music and decolonial theory for the University of Buenos Aires.