Thirteenth International Conference on The Image
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, USA
22-23 September 2022

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

  • 2022 Special Focus—Here Comes the Metaverse: Designing the Virtual and the Real
  • Theme 1: The Form of The Image
  • Theme 2: Image Work
  • Theme 3: The Image in Society

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

We are offering a blended conference format with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes.

1 Present to a Global Audience

We pride ourselves on the global diversity of our network members. Add your voice, in-person or online, by submitting a proposal today. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Also remember, 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.

View our step-by-step guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Robust Online Experience

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.

And now we propose another kind of intervention -- a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.

With this step-by-step guide, we walk you through the new phases pre/during/post-conference to ensure you have a productive blended conference.

3 Publishing Opportunities

We are working to change the way in which knowledge is produced, validated, and shared within member-based Research Networks.

The International Journal of the Image and Book Imprint offer pathways to transform your presentation into formal research objects. We also support a number of affordable Open Access pathways to allow maximum flexibility to support principles of open research, in a sustainable manner.

Find out more about the The International Journal of the Image and Book Imprint.

2022 Call for Entries: The Image Conference Pop-Up Exhibition

The International Conference on The Image invites conference participants to submit artistic work for entry to the 2022 Image Conference Pop-Up Exhibition. Entries are invited which address the exhibition focus, Visual Pedagogies: Encounters, Place, Ecologies, and Design.

Submission Details

Entries are welcome in the following areas: 1) Visual artworks—photography, prints, drawings, paintings, 2) Short films or videos, 3) Screen-based computer or net art.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should submitted no later than 15 July 2022. Entries must include the following:

  • Email address
  • Full name
  • Title of work
  • Description of your work (concept, idea, materials)
  • Installation requirements: electricity, amount of wall space (approx. size of the work), mounting materials, etc.*

Entries will be reviewed by 1 August 2022, and applicants will be notified of acceptance via email. Once an entry is accepted, participants must register for the conference.

*Please note: artists are responsible for setting up and breaking down their own works. This includes supplying the materials required to hang, project, or present the work.

Join as an Audience Member

Audience Passes are for those who want to benefit from the content, connect with presenters, and join the discussion -- in-person blended and online only. You'll gain access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, and curated thematic content -- either live or from any place and in your own time. And you'll be able to participate in innovative blended formats -- Talking Circles, Garden Conversations -- using the best of in-person and online capacities, and on a human scale

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

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.

Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 22 November 2021
Early Proposal Deadline 22 February 2022
Regular Proposal Deadline 22 June 2022
Late Proposal Deadline 22 August 2022

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 22 December 2021
Early Registration Deadline 22 March 2022
Regular Registration Deadline 22 August 2022
Late Registration Deadline 22 September 2022

Submit Your Proposal

Use the button below to submit a proposal for review.