8th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (March, 2015: Lisbon, Portugal)

8th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (March, 2015: Lisbon, Portugal)

Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

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8th Global Conference: Visual Literacies

Wednesday 18th March – Friday 20th March 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:
In a relatively short space of time, the concept of visual literacy has grown from seedbeds of ideas in a small subset of disciplines into a movement of thinking and practice that touches nearly all fields of research. The exponential growth in the digital world in only one example of how visual literacy has become an integrated component of modernity. This interactive inter-disciplinary conference seeks to examine, explore and make multi-disciplinary connections to all issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to current theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in fields such as popular culture, architecture, cinema, youth culture, education, semiotics, art history, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and vocation in which visual literacy plays a part.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to, but not limited by, any of the following themes;

1. Visual Literacy as Theory
~What are the theoretical constructs of your discipline?
~What are the current debates and directions of your field?
~What are the various forms of socio-cultural reactions and realizations of visual literacy?
~What are the modes and nodes of interdisciplinary connections to visual literacy in your field?
~How will the concept of visual literacy be described in the next decade in your discipline?
~How does the concept of ‘framing’ fit with visual literacy in your field?

2. Visual Literacy as Practice
~What are the forms of representation and realization of visual literacy in your field?
~What are the current debates and issues around the notion of ‘practice’ in your field?
~What are the current ‘tools, approaches and applications’ of visual literacy in your field?
~What are the current interdisciplinary connections to the ‘tools, approaches and applications’ of visual literacy in your field?
~What are the ‘insiders views’ visual literacy? (That is from the perspective of artists, taggers, digital natives, digital or visual immigrants)

3. Visual Literacy as Analysis
~What are the modes of visual literacy analysis in your field?
~What are the ‘tools’ of visual literacy analysis in your field?
~What are the current debates around analysis in your field?
~What are the current debates and forms of analysis in the areas of art history, fine arts, creative arts, multimodality, cinema, television, drama and IT?

4. Visual Literacy as an Interdisciplinary Overlap
~How is visual literacy connected to visual rhetoric and/or visual thinking: overlaps, questions and differences?
~How is visual literacy related to sensory perception?
~How is curriculum design in, or across disciplines connected to and through Visual literacy?

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st October 2014. All submissions are at least double blind peer reviewed. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd January 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: VL8 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Phil Fitzsimmons and Edie Lanphar: phil.fitzsimmons@avondale.edu.au
Rob Fisher: vl8@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ series of research projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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