Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We are working closely with our local partners and are in the process of considering how to create safe conditions for an in-person experience. We will work toward this goal for as long as it remains a viable option. At the same time, we are on the front foot -- offering all presenters the ability to prepare for the possible move online. And, with the completion of your Presenters Page digital media giving the pathway for a rich online experience. In the end, we believe that this kind of practice will be a part of a blended future. Again, we are doing all we can to meet in-person — because, we know how much that contact would mean. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in-person in a later year. This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2010, The Image Research Network is brought together around a shared interest in the nature and function of image making and images. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twelfth International Conference on The Image calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus - Picture a Pandemic: The Visual Construction of Meaning in Digital Networks
  • Theme 1: The Form of The Image
  • Theme 2: Image Work
  • Theme 3: The Image in Society

Plenary Speakers

The Twelfth International Conference on The Image will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Catarina Moura

Catarina Moura

Assistant Professor, Arts Department, Universidade da Beira, LabCom - Comunicação e Artes, Portugal

Dora Santos-Silva

Dora Santos-Silva

Assistant Professor, NOVA University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH), Portugal

Carmen Gaona Pisonero

Carmen Gaona Pisonero

Professor, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain

Research Network Chairs

Cátia Rijo

Cátia Rijo

Founder, DesignLab4U; Assistant Professor, Education School of Lisbon, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Maria Sedeño Valdellós

Ana Maria Sedeño Valdellós

Universidad de Málaga, España (Spanish)

Conference Partner

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