Fifth International Conference on the Image

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
29–30 October 2014


Conference Focus

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing the Image through one of the following themes:

The Form of the Image Image Work The Image in Society
2014 Featured Theme
The Representation of Possibility:
Understanding Change and Continuity through the Image

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Image Journal may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Submit Artistic Work

To learn more about The Image Conference Exhibition, including guidelines and deadlines, please contact the exhibition organizers.


Featured Theme

The Representation of Possibility: Understanding Change and Continuity through the Image

No image can solely be a mirror on the world. This is because it is the outcome of an act of human agency. There is a more-than-fortuitous etymological connection between "image" and "imagination." Images can be willed. They can speak to hopes and aspirations. The world re-seen is the world transformed. What's in the imagination for now can become an agenda for practice and politics tomorrow. The conference theme for 2014—Representation of Possibility: Understanding Change and Continuity through the Image—aims to engage the fundamental question of agency at the core of image making and interpretation.


Berlin & The Image

The 2014 conference journeys to Berlin's Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin – Science and Conference Center on the campus of Freie Universität Berlin.

Berlin—an international city of the arts—is home to over 400 galleries, 150 museums, 200 film houses, and 50 theaters and opera houses. Each day, an average of 1,500 cultural events take place in the city. With a thriving creative heritage, Berlin is a cultural and geographic hub for the creative arts and entertainment in Europe and abroad. Making up a sizable sector of the economy, the creative industries of Berlin include music, film, advertising, architecture, art, design, fashion, performing arts, publishing, research and development, software, television, radio, and video games.

The Freie Universität Berlin—consistently ranked as one of the premier German universities—was founded by students and scholars in 1948 with support from American Allies and politicians in Berlin. In response to the subjugation of students who were critical of the educational system in the Soviet sector of the divided city, students and scholars sought to pursue to their academic work and research at Freie Universität, away from political influence. Now boasting over 15 departments and central institutes, the university has a number of interdisciplinary centers, including the Dahlem Humanities Center, and maintains a broad range of cooperative arrangements all over the world.

Engaged by the creative and collaborative spirit of Berlin, we bring to topic "The Image"—providing a cross-disciplinary forum to examine the nature and functions of image-making and images.