Sixth International Conference on The Image, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
Pop-Up Exhibition, Asterisk Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Conversation with James Coupe, Seventh International Conference on The Image, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Our History ...

The Image Research Network


Founded in 2010, the International Conference on the Image is a means by which to interrogate the nature and functions of image making and images in themselves. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum bringing together researchers, teachers and practitioners from areas, including: architecture, art, cognitive science, communications, computer science, cultural studies, design, education, film studies, history, linguistics, management, marketing, media studies, museum studies, philosophy, photography, psychology, religious studies, semiotics, and more.

The International Conference on the Image is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging artists and scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


The Image Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of the Image provides a framework for double- blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through The Image Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.


The Image Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2010 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2011 - Kursaal Conference Palace, San Sebastian, Spain
  • 2012 - Higher School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznań, Poland
  • 2013 - University Center, Chicago, USA
  • 2014 – Free University, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 - University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 2016 - Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, USA
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on the Image has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Howard Besser, New York University, New York City, USA (2010)
  • Sean Cubitt, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2010)
  • Natasha Egan, Columbia College, Chicago, USA (2013)
  • Blake Fitzpatrick, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (2014)
  • Erkki Huhtamo University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2013)
  • Dina Iordanova, University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (2011)
  • Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2010)
  • Tomasz Wendland, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2012)

Past Partners

The Image Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations