6th International Conference on Visual Culture

in collaboration with Université Paris Diderot

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6th International Conference on Visual Culture

in collaboration with Université Paris Diderot

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Highlighted Theme

Image and gesture. Expression in thought and behaviour.

The form of expression, as much at the individual level as well as at the socio-political and artistic behaviour levels, is of vital importance, not only when it comes to influencing the interlocutor (forms of communication), but also in the analysis of the speaker / sender’s expression of intentions and of the receiver / consumer’s emotions, and even as a manifestation of a mental universe and a cultural background, a Weltanschauung, a worldview, interpretations and reinterpretations of reality which include the human being.

Gesture and image establish the artist’s personal stamp and are the marks of authorship. It is that which makes each work totally irreplaceable- the stamp of individuality. On the other hand, there are also dialogues with those who receive these artistic forms, generating mediations, rethinking identities and provoking cultural ‘hybridizations.

Some of the aspects to be analysed at the congress in relation to this topic are:

  1. Gesture and symbolism in the arts.
  1. Style and gesture. Gestural image and artistic expression.
  1. Individualism in the arts and modern thinking. The novelty and authorship. The origin of the work, what do we understand by creativity and novelty?
  1. Gesture and Expressionism. Academy and Romanticism in the world of creation. The limits of the artistic. Is everything art? Art and the arts.
  1. Gesture as a manifestation of individual and political will. Expression and manipulation. “Degenerate art” and historical manifestations: art and power.
  1. Gesture as a form. Is there an individual form? Formalism and rationalism in artistic and social expression.
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Highlighted Sessions

Keynote Speaker - Prof. Tereza Aizpun

Prof. Teresa Aizpún, PhD – Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)

El gesto: símbolo de identidad

Teresa Aizpún, Dr. Phil. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany, 1993) began his teaching work in Mexico D.F. (Universidad Panamericana), where he collaborated with other institutions. She is currently a professor of philosophy at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid). Of its different research fields we highlight the following publications:

Antropología filosófica: Kierkegaards Begriff der Ausnahme. Der Geist als Liebe, Akademie Verlag, Munich, 1992; La libertad en “El concepto de la Angustia”, Sevilla, 1995; La polifonía de la creación. Gramática de la vida, Bonilla-Artigas, México, 2015.

Estética: El hombre como obra de arte: de por qué a Beuys no le funcionaban las acciones, Contrastes, nº 17, Univ. de Málaga, 2012, Fernández, R. et all. (eds.); Ritmo. El pulso del arte y de la vida, Aizpún, T. et all. (ed.), Abada, Madrid, 2015.

Ética: ¿Es posible una fundamentación de la ética?, Stoa, (Jul-Dic, 2011) 2, vol 2, nº 4, pp.43-54.

Historia del pensamiento: “El amor cortés: la Weltanschaung de la literatura medieval”, en: CAURIENSIA, Vol. XIII (2018), pp. 303-324.

Prof. Rafael L Cabrera Collazo, PhD – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

La cultura visual en la era del vacío: el imaginario andrógino en tiempos videográficos

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo obtained a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He is in charge of the position of Associate Vice president 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 offered seminars on semiotics and visual culture. He participates in several academic research networks related to studies on representations of mass media. He is a member of scientific editorial committees of universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. He integrates national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture, two of them being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians, of which he was a founder member and President between 2001 and 2004, and the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid, currently serving as the Scientific Director of its executive committee. As for publications, he has three books as a co-author and one alone, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960. He has other collaborations about the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media, published in specialized reviews and articles in books in Mexico and Spain.

Prof. Filipe Martins, PhD – Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

The Aesthetic Gesture – images beyond performativity

Filipe Martins is film director, professor at the University School of Media Arts and Design (ESMAD, Porto, Portugal) and researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto, in the Research Group Aesthetics, Politics and Knowledge (APK). His filmography includes films in the genres of fiction, documentary and videodance, selected and awarded in several international film festivals. His latest film, “House of Glass” (2018), was screened at the Pompidou Center (France) and won the Voices Short Award 2019 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands). Codirector and programmer of the Family Film Project – Archive, Memory and Ethnography Film Festival, which takes place annually in Porto since 2012. PhD in Social Semiotics (UM), master’s degree in Contemporary Culture (UNL) and degree in Art and Communication (ESAP). Wrote and published several books, including his PhD thesis, entitled “Narrative Sense” (Afrontamento Ed., 2016). He currently coordinates the Master´s degree in Audiovisual Communication at ESMAD.

Young Researchers’ Scholarships

beca jóvenes investigadores
Kelly Johanna Cadavid Sánchez
Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano – ITM
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Laura Gil Álvarez
Universidad de Extremadura
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María Isabel Hernández-Castro Figueroa
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
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Marta Mitjans Puebla
Universidad Abat Oliba CEU

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Adriana Monroy Galindo
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
beca jóvenes investigadores
Carmen Sousa Pardo
Universidad de Granada
beca jóvenes investigadores
Eider Urcola Eceiza
Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea


Université Paris Diderot

Université Paris Diderot, also known as Paris 7 is one of the heirs of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris (together with Paris 6), which, founded in the mid-12th century, was one of the earliest universities established in Europe. Featuring two Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields Medal winners and two former French Ministers of Education among its faculty or former faculty, the university is famous for its teaching in science, especially in mathematics. The university also hosts many others disciplines: currently, there are 2300 educators and researchers, 1100 administrative personnel and 26,000 students studying humanities, science, and medicine. In 2012, the university completed its move in its new ultra-modern campus in the Paris Rive Gauche neighborhood.