International Conference on Visual Culture

The International Community of Visual Culture aims to raise questions about the information, meanings and degrees of affectivity between sender and viewer of visual images. The community interacts through an in-person conference held annually in different parts of the world, as well as through a collection of indexed and arbitrated journals, and a collection of books of academic reflection.

The members of this knowledge community include researchers, theorists, professionals and professors from different fields such as architecture, art, cognitive science, education, telecommunications, computer science, cultural studies, design, education, film studies, history, linguistics, management, marketing, media, museology, philosophy, semiotics, psychology and religious studies, amongst others.

The International Conference on Visual Culture has become a forum for dialogue about the relevance of the image – especially in contemporary societies – and its relationship with the viewer. The conference includes prominent speakers and 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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Director científico permanente

Dr. Rafael Cabrera Collazo
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo cuenta con un doctorado en Historia de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y ostenta el rango de Profesor Titular de Historia en esta misma institución. Ha sido profesor invitado en universidades de Cuba, México, Italia, Portugal, España y Colombia, en las que ha ofrecido seminarios sobre semiótica y Tecnologías en la Educación, siendo sus áreas de especialidad e investigación.  En estos momentos, participa en varias redes académicas de investigación relacionadas con los estudios sobre representaciones de medios de comunicación de masas.

Es miembro de comités científicos editoriales de universidades en España, Colombia, Argentina y República Dominicana.  Integra asociaciones profesionales nacionales e internacionales de historiadores y estudiosos de las ciencias sociales y la Tecnologías en la Educación, siendo dos de ellas la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Historiadores, de la que fue socio fundador y Presidente entre 2001 y 2004, y la Sociedad Internacional de Tecnologías en la Educación, con sede en Madrid, fungiendo en este momento como el Director Científico de su comité ejecutivo.

En cuanto a publicaciones, tiene tres libros como coautor y uno en solitario que lleva por título Los dibujos del progreso: el mundo caricaturesco de Filardi y la crítica al desarrollismo muñocista, 1950-1960.  Cuenta con otras colaboraciones acerca de la historia cultural del cine, y la sociabilidad y la manipulación de medios masivos de comunicación, publicadas en revistas y artículos de libros especializados

Miembros del comité

  • Olga Kolotouchkina, Universidad CEU San Pablo, España.
  • Ismael López Medel, Azusa Pacific University, EE.UU.
  • José Carlos del Ama, Central State Connecticut University, EE.UU.
  • Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Wilma Arellano Toledo, INFOTEC-CONACYT, México.
  • Sergio Ferreira do Amaral, Universidad de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brasil.
  • David Caldevilla Domínguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.
  • Marcos A. Vélez Rivera, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico, EE.UU.
  • Ana Beriain Bañares, Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, España.
  • Hipólito Vivar Zurita, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.
  • Ignacio Blanco Alfonso, Universidad San Pablo CEU, España.
  • Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, España.
  • Javier Ares Yebra, Universidad de Granada, España.
  • Jesús Ángel Sánchez Rivera, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.

Themes

Image and society

  • Mass media. Cultural industry
  • The society of the show.
  • The phenomenon of the ‘second screen’. Multitasking viewers.
  • Media influence and political sphere.
  • Visual sociology. Visual dimensions of social life.
  • Cultural dimensions of the image: race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, bodies.
  • Advertising. The rhetoric of the image.
  • Propaganda: forms, psychological mechanisms and political agendas.
  • Global and local images.
  • Galleries. Museums Archaeological sites.
  • Cultural heritage.
  • Fashion. Design. Cosmetics
  • Body image. Plastic surgery. Eating disorders.
  • • The impact of social networks on male / female body image

Visual culture

  • The meaning of images.
  • Visual forms vs. visual functions.
  • Static images: photography, painting, drawing, comics, sculptures.
  • Dynamic images: cinema, TV, videos, documentaries, animations.
  • Visual rhetoric: graphics, paintings, diagrams, web pages, advertising, documentaries, newspapers, journals, photographs, news.
  • Explicit images. Hidden messages. Ways of seeing.
  • Visual learning. Visual literacy Interpret, negotiate and extract meanings from images.
  • Fine arts: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, cinema, ceramics.
  • Applied arts: industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art, architecture.
  • Visual communication. Semiotics.
  • Visual narrative (storytelling): channels, archetypes, emotions, commitment.
  • Transmedia narratives (transmedia storytelling).
  • Visualisation technologies.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Conceptual maps.
  • Digitisation and visualisation of cultural objects. 2D and 3D.
  • Medical images. Images in / from science.

History and philosophy of the visual

  • History of art.
  • Philosophy of art. Esthetic.
  • The visible and the invisible.
  • Images and material culture.
  • Image technologies.
  • Analysing images.
  • Iconographic documents. Image files
  • Images and social networks. Images in the cloud. Internet.
  • Webcams. Privacy and surveillance.
  • Intellectual Property Rights. Creative Commons Reusability.
  • Authorship. Co-authorship The concept of function-author. Death of the author?
  • Elements of the image: perspectives, colors, lines, vision.
  • Visual ethics I: religious images, philosophical images and metaphors, photographic and cinematographic journalism, documentaries.
  • Visual ethics II: ethics of the visual producer, ethics of the visual receiver. Ethical codes and self-regulation.
  • New visual ecologies. New philosophies

The image industry

  • Cultural policies.
  • The film industry. Film festivals.
  • Pictorial and sculptural exhibits.
  • Auction houses. Agents and agencies.
  • Local and international trade.
  • Digital distribution platforms. Streaming
  • Self-publishing and self-promotion. Youtubers
  • Digital devices: smartphones, tablets, augmented reality.
  • Media and education. eduMedia
  • New business models and new processes.
  • Copyright and intellectual property.
  • Graphic design tools.
  • Interactive multimedia content.
  • Video games.