Thursday, 02 December
8:00-9:00 CONFERNCE REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
9:00-9:30 CONFERNCE OPENING - Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, Common Ground Publishing, USA
9:30-10:05 PLENARY SESSION - Sean Cubitt, Media and Communications, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; 'The Latent Image - The relationships between the aesthetics and political economy of the image in the 21st century’
10:05-10:40 PLENARY SESSION - Becky Smith, Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles, USA; 'Slippery Slopes - Documentary, Fiction and Reality'
10:40-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:20 Mixed (Talking Circle, Parallel Sessions)
11:00-11:45 11:50-12:20
Room 1 TALKING CIRCLE
Room 2
A Critical Analysis of the Photographic Representation of Children’s Experience of War by Humanitarian Organizations
Aida Izadpanahjahromi, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center of City University of New York, New York, USA
Overview: This study analyzes the images used by humanitarian organizations working in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 3
Sonic Images: Dewey, Foucault, Velázquez and Seeing/Hearing
Steven Nuss, Department of Music and the East Asian Studies Program, Colby College, Waterville, USA
Overview: John Dewey's thoughts on spacetime in the arts, and Foucault's essay on "Las Meninas" as the basis for an analytical "synesthesia".
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
Photography: The Dominant Aesthetic
Dr. David Cubby, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Overview: This paper examines the visual and its aesthetic primacy, whether art or not, combined with the shock and awe of technology, especially, notions of photography as a compelling, dominant aesthetic.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 5
Do You Believe in Photography?
Joanna Madloch, Montclair State University, Short Hills, USA
Overview: The paper presents how photography’s relationship with real life ideas of truth/false has been reflected in motion pictures that feature photographers and photographs.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
The Yonic Image: Vaginal Representation in the Visual Arts
Trae DeLellis, School of Communication, University of Miami, Miami, USA
Overview: An exploration of yonic imagery and its meaning in painting, sculpture, performance art, and cinema.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Digital Images in Participatory Research with Children
Kim Fredrik Kullman, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Overview: Drawing from an ethnography engaging 7-12-year-old children in photography and filming during school journeys in Helsinki, Finland, the paper explores emerging possibilities of digital imaging in education research.
Theme: Education
Room 8 GARDEN SESSION - Sean Cubitt, Becky Smith
12:25-14:05 Parallel Sessions
12:25-12:55 13:00-13:30 13:35-14:05
Room 1
Images of Anxiety
Dr. Michaela Wuensch, Department of Theatre, Film and Media, University Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Overview: The paper will disuss how images produce anxiety. The hypothesis is that it is not the content of the image, but it's frame that evokes anxiety.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Imaging Satyagraha: The Personal Effects Left by Mahatma Gandhi and Buenaventura Durruti
Dr. Judith Stallings-Ward, Department of Modern Languages, Norwich University, Northfield, USA
Overview: Gandhi and Durruti shared similar ideals, but differed on how to achieve them. Their few remaining personal effects are images verbally and iconically bound to their lives.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
The ‘Outsiders’ Within: The Image of Albanians in the British Press between 2001 and 2010
Dr. Gëzim Alpion, Department of Sociology, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Overview: The denigration of the Albanian nation in the British press reveals a Euro-centric, post-imperial approach apparent in the Western media towards ‘estranged’ Europeans like the Albanians.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
A History of the American Sitcom: From the Kramdens to Jim and Pam
Abigail Stotz, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
Overview: This paper focuses on the current state of the American situation comedy by examining its roots and larger modes of representation.
Theme: Media and Communications
The Obama Code: Ghosts and Monsters in the Visual Datasphere
Dr. Carolyn Erler, School of Art College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA
Overview: "The Obama Code" examines popular Internet-based visual conflations of Barack Obama and the New Testament Johnian figure of the antichrist.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 3
Analysis of Discourses Encompassing the Chinese Big Eyes Picture
Wenjia Yang, Mass Communications Department, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, USA
Overview: Textual analysis on Chinese Big Eyes picture to investigate how a photographic image embodies different meanings in different media discourses by analyzing its internal and external contexts.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Images of Individuation: One Person’s Use of Collage-Making to Understand and Transform Disquiet
Dorene Mahoney, Executive Coach, Career Counselor, Management Consultant, StepWell Coaching & Consulting, Rohnert Park, USA
Overview: Selecting/trimming/combining images in a ritual fashion to depict a story or mood can increase self-awareness and well-being. Presentation of 14 collages, created over 20 months.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
Screening God: Bill Viola and the Theological Sublime
Dr. Ronald Bernier, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
Overview: An examination of the work of contemporary video artist, Bill Viola, within the context of the aesthetic sublime and the theological tradition of transcendent mystical experience.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
New Aesthetics and Practical Venues for Rendered CGI images in Studio Art
Prof. Andres Montenegro, Visual Communication Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, USA
Overview: A proposal targeted to digital artists that is intended to redirect CGI toward the studio art practice as supportive technology to generate images other than streaming media or motion pictures.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Mapping of Motifs in Contemporary Design
Timothy Rundle, Fashion Marketing and Branding Fashion Communication and Promotion, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
Overview: This submission presents a five year "motif" archive as a complex trend topography that tracks image relationships, evolutions, and future trajectories across all design contexts.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 5
Timeless Ideals: Images of Women in Magazine Advertising
Asst. Prof. Jana Perez, Visual Arts, Texas Woman's University, Denton, USA
Overview: This paper explores visual language and outlines recurring design elements through an examination of images of women in magazine advertisements.
Theme: Media and Communications
‘Seeing-in’ Others: Conflict, Instinct, and Alterity in Husserl’s Theory of Image-Consciousness
Boris Pantev, Communication and Culture, York University & Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Overview: Interpreting Husserl's concept of ‘perceptual conflict’ in the context of bodily temporality this paper proposes a notion of image-instinct grounding the intersubjectivity of the image.
Theme: Media and Communications
The Image of Christians and the Christian-Muslim Relationship in the Egyptian Cinema
Dina Samir Gurigis, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, The American University in Cairo, Ciaro, Egypt
Overview: Content analysis of movies (from 1952 till 2009), analyzing the depiction of Christian characters, and whether the Egyptian cinema has reflected the changes happening to the Christian-Muslim relationship or not.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
Glass and the Printed Image: Case Studies from Contemporary Art
Prof. Kevin Petrie, Arts, Design and Media, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
Overview: This presentation offers international case studies, from an emerging strand of visual art, where printed images are combined 'on', 'within' and 'of' glass to convey ideas.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Disembodied Image: Seeing Red thru Dance
Cari Coble, College of Fine Arts Dance Department, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, USA
Bill Hill, College of Fine Arts, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, USA
Overview: Multi media performance collaboration between dancer Cari Coble and designer Bill Hill that examines the transformation of the virtual image and the physical body. Seeing Red is disembodiment.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Pairings: Intimate Conversations above My Desk
Linda Swanson, Art Department, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, USA
Overview: The author discusses three pairs of images in relationship to each other and constructs an argument for the picture plane as a compelling site of compressed experience.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Visual Rhetoric: "Ways of Seeing" in the Community College Classroom
Kate Fourchy, English Department, Reedley College, Reedley, USA
Overview: A paper focusing on the use of images in the comunity college classroom as scaffolding from high school English classes to the rigor of the university classroom.
Theme: Education
Image, History and Politics: Accessing the Language of the Image
Dr. Paul van Wie, Department of Political Science, Hofstra University, Hempstead, USA
Overview: Using the framework of modern history and political movements, this presentation offers specific examples of the profound communicative power of the image and the meaning these images sought to convey.
Theme: Education
14:05-14:10 Lunch
14:10-15:50 Parallel Sessions
14:10-14:40 14:45-15:15 15:20-15:50
Room 1
A New Model for Perspective: Patterns of Perspective Change and the Ecology of Point of View and Resulting Image
Dr. Axel Roesler, Division of Design, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Overview: A new model of perspective provides the framework for the spatial analysis of images and the relationship between viewer and stage represented in the image.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
The Impact of Domain Knowledge on Medical Image Descriptions
Xin Wang, School of Library Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Dr. Sanda Erdelez, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Carla Allen, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Blake Anderson, MU Informatics Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Hongfei Cao, MU Informatics Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Gerald Arthur, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Chi-Ren Shyu, MU Informatics Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Overview: This study aims to identify differences in representation of medical images between domain experts and novices. A descriptive search task will be applied to collect verbal descriptions of images.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
The Image of the Skin Fetish: The Automobile in the Work of Richard Prince
Dr. Charissa Terranova, Arts & Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, USA
Overview: Focusing on Richard Prince's cars covered in vinyl images (2008), this presentation rethinks the "fetish" beyond Marx and Freud in terms of Didier Anzieu's "skin-ego."
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
The Impact of New Media on Political Communication in Egypt with a special focus on the Egyptian Presidential Election in 2011
Bahaa Ghobrial, The Journalism and Mass Communications Department, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Overview: A survey distributed online was used to analyze the impact of new media on political communication in Egypt with a special focus on the Egyptian Presidential Election in 2011.
Theme: Media and Communications
Sound and Silence in Contemporary Photography of Cold War Sites
Yuliya Komska, Department of German Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA
Overview: The paper interrogates the significance of sound and silence in photography of Cold War sites. The acoustic aspect invites a revaluation of how we think about and represent the conflict.
Theme: Media and Communications
Another Lost Angel: The Visual Genius of Jim Morrison
Dr. Amy Lynn Fletcher, Political Science Programme, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Overview: Jim Morrison created some of America’s most enduring cultural images, yet his visual genius has received minimal attention. I argue that Morrison’s conscious influence on 1960s iconography deserves sustained analysis.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 3
Landscapes in Time: A Psychotherapeutic Intervention.
Prof. Emma Rose, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Neil Boynton, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Overview: The essay provides a theoretical context concerned with film images and their perception, establishing a psychotherapeutic intervention beneficial to individuals, society, and the environment.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Photojournalism and Film: The Case of Stanley Kubrick
Dr. Philippe Mather, Department of Media Studies, Campion College at the University of Regina, Regina, Canada
Overview: This paper compares filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's photo-essays and film shorts as a means of assessing the influence of photojournalism on Kubrick's development as a visual storyteller.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Tentatively Constructing Images: Mondrian, Relations, and Critical Holders
Troy Rhoades, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Overview: This paper examines how images emerge relationally from the shared experiences between viewers and artwork through the notion of critical holders, as exemplified by the work of Piet Mondrian.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
Future of Cinematography: The Role of the Cinematographer in the Future Image/Cinema-Making Process
Yuri Neyman, ASC, Los Angeles, USA
Overview: Due to the progress of technology, the role of the cinematographer in the cinema is challenging today. All inventions are just advanced tools in the hands of the creative cinematographer
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Fertile Confusion: The Making of a Digital Installation in Korea
Janet Sternburg, Office of the President, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, USA
Overview: The process by which an innovative image installation is created: questions both conceptual and practical; video; discussions with international faculty and projection artists about light/space/language/music relationships.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 5
Se Busca: A Study of Lost and Found Animal and Object Signs
Dr. Paul Martin Lester, Department of Communications, California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach, USA
Overview: This presentation details a content analysis of 40 amateur signs found on telephone poles in an effort to identify common themes related to graphic design history and practice.
Theme: Media and Communications
Is It Cinema or Is It News? Does It Matter?
Dr. Kurt Lancaster, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA
Overview: An exploration of how cinema techniques in online news media challenge the typical broadcast news style, where the words are predominate in the storytelling.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
Writing the Holy Image: The Relationship of Hagiography and Iconography
Dr. Eric Brook, History and Government, California Baptist University, Riverside, USA
Overview: This paper comparatively examines the same representational dynamic in the relationship that exists between the writing of hagiography and iconography.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Aesthetic Image: Affect and the Production of Knowledge in Practice-Led Research
Assoc. Prof. Estelle Barrett, School of Communication and Creative Arts Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia
Overview: How affect and aesthetic processes generate images that are implicated in the production of new knowledge in creative arts research.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
“You Talkin’ to Me”: Image of One’s Self through On-Line Digital Reproduction
Bernard Walsh, Department of Art Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
Overview: A live performance and audio-visual presentation combining image and text.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Images, Words, and 'Healing': An Experimental Course
Dr. Roy F. Fox, Language, Society, & Culture Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum College of Education, University of Missouri, Collumbia, USA
Overview: Reports on an experimental course in which students constructed ten visual and verbal projects for purposes of exploring and 'healing' a personal trauma, such as death, anxiety, or fear.
Theme: Education
Framed Lives: An Exploration of Family Photo Albums
Alison Bernet, Berkeley, USA
Overview: Examining through theory and practice how family photo albums can be deconstructed to reveal the thought processes and ideas of their makers.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Body Politic: Maya Deren and the Subversive Female Body
Dr. Andrew Howe, Department of History, Politics, & Society, La Sierra University, Riverside, USA
Overview: An exploration of the films of Maya Deren and the manner in which this avant-garde artist portrayed the female body.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
15:50-16:10 COFFEE BREAK
16:10-18:25 Parallel Sessions
16:10-16:40 16:45-17:15 17:20-17:50 17:55-18:25
Room 1
Worlds, Idioms, Images: Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Luc Nancy around Sarajevo, 1993
Pierre-Luc Chénier, Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Simon Labrecque, Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Overview: Idioms seem improper for saying what happened in Sarajevo, 1993. Can images help us? This paper reflects on this iconic moment of world politics through works of Godard and Nancy.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Making Visible the Invisible: Goethe's Last Supper
Joana Konova, Art History, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Overview: My presentation will show how Goethe's description of Leonardo's Last Supper, using the powers of imagination, brings to life a partially lost and adulterated image.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Movies and Games: The Forming of a Digital Media Dispositive
Prof. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Comparative Media Studies, ifs International Film School Cologne & Cologne Game Lab, Cologne, Germany
Overview: This paper proposes that we are not witnessing the convergence of games and movies, but the forming of a new digital media dispositive of aesthetic complementarity.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Interruptions and the Perfect Image: Issues of Representation in Consumed Landscapes
Andrew Denton, Digital Design School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Overview: This paper discusses representational issues that emerged in the development of Horizon – Line, a multi-screen video installation. The paper engages with issues of representation in highly consumed spaces.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
The Politics of Perception: Cultural Diplomacy and Image-Building in Cold War Canada
Kailey Miller, History Graduate Program, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
Overview: An examination of how Canada's cultural diplomacy with Cuba helped construct its national image or "brand" during the Cold War.
Theme: Media and Communications
“Emergent Structure” in the Abu Ghraib Political Cartoons of Emad Hajjaj in a News Context
Dr. Orayb A. Najjar, Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA
Overview: Cartoons of an iconic image of Abu Ghraib abuses is analyzed using “conceptual blending” to trace the cognitive and visual strategies that lead to a “contemplative reading” of the event.
Theme: Media and Communications
A Race Erased: Constructions and Visibility of Asian Americans in Hollywood Race Message Movies
Sylvie Kim, Department of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA
Overview: Asian American characterization in contemporary race message movies shows that stereotypical imagery persists without much critique, which suggests a “structured absence” of Asian Americans from popular race relations discourse.
Theme: Media and Communications
Railroad Imagery of Yellowstone National Park: The Fetishization and Enfreakment of Nature
Ellen Kress, American Studies Program University College, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA
Overview: An analysis of railroad imagery of Yellowstone National Park reveals themes of gender, race, civilization, capitalism, and freakery, suggesting a role for Park imagery in resolving anxiety about modernization.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 3
Lingerie's Product Image in the Portuguese Underwear Market: From Brand to Consumer, a Perceived Lingerie Image
A. B. Filipe, Department of Masters and PhD in Design Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Marinhais, Portugal
G. Montagna, Fashion Design Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
C. Carvalho, Techology Department, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Overview: This proposed work's aim is the study of the Portuguese market and the most important aspects of the lingerie image by the view and perception of both consumers and brands.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Renaissaince of Self Portraiture through the Social Network Profile Pictures: Analysing Facebook Profile Pictures within the Self Portraiture Tradition
Melih Zafer Arican, Photography and Video Department Communication Faculty, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
Overview: This research aims to find out the correlation between the social network profile pictures such as those in Facebook and Twitter and self portraits from the history of art.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Take Five: Towards a Poetics of the Sequence-Shot
Dr Des O'Rawe, Film Studies, Queen's University, Belfast, Belfast, UK
Overview: This paper examines ways in which the contemporary sequence-shot dissolves the boundaries between still and moving images, and discusses this phenomenon with reference to Abbas Kiarostami’s Five (2004, 74 min.)
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Attending to the Image: 'Truth,' Subjectivity, and the Self-Referencing Camera
Meryl Shriver-Rice, School of Communications, University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA
Overview: This paper explores the aesthetic use of unsteady handheld camerawork in the morally complex Danish film 'Brotherhood.'
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
Assessing Graduate Screen Production Output in Nineteen Australian Film Schools
Dr. Josko Petkovic, National Academy of Screen and Sound Research Centre School of Media, Communication and Culture Faculty of Creative technology and Media, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
Overview: This paper presents the results of an Australian research project which aims to show that assessment of image-based creative works is consistent and methodological.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Tones of Judgment in Local Evening News
Prof. Dennis Rothermel, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Chico, Chico, USA
Overview: The modern evening ritual of broadcast local news broadcasts follows patterns of affects as rigidly defined as the order of chant, psalms and hymns in traditional religious rites.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
From 2D to 3D: Conceptualising Musical Structure as Three-Dimensional Objects through Mathematics
Jocelyn Hiu Ching Ho, Music Department, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, USA
Overview: The author uses differential geometry to extend the conventional two-dimensional visual representation of music to higher dimensions, and reversedly uses three-dimensional objects as the structural basis for musical compositions.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Super Toxic Clouds: Atmo-Terrorism and Baden Pailthorpe’s "Twist"
Kyle Weise, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Overview: "Twist", a videogame-based artwork by Baden Pailthorpe, provides an opportunity to assess the figure of the cloud in contemporary art, particularly in light of Peter Sloterdijk's recent writing.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 5
YouTube Impact: President Obama 2010 State of the Union and Online Parodies
Prof. Dorothy Bland, Journalism, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, USA
Overview: The presentation will examine how President Obama is depicted in YouTube parodies related to the 2010 State of the Union and related messages contributing to political communication and discourse.
Theme: Media and Communications
Closet Cases: Costuming, Lesbian Identities and Desire, Hollywood Cinema and the Motion Picture Production Code
Fiona Cox, Department of Film and Television Studies Arts Faculty, The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Overview: An examination of the ways costuming was used as a coded visual language to speak lesbianism in the censored texts of classical Hollywood cinema.
Theme: Media and Communications
The Use of 'Gay Vague' as a Tool for Outing: The Case of Elena Kagan and The Wall Street Journal Photo
Dr. Gary Hicks, Department of Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, USA
Overview: Through textual analysis of the Elena Kagan photo, this study focuses on cultural forces in "gay vague" imagery and how the media use them to frame journalistic and political discourse.
Theme: Media and Communications
Identities, Communities and Religious Figures in Transition: The Transformation a Sixteenth-Century Hindu Saint into a Global Icon
Prof. Nancy M. Martin, Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University, Orange, USA
Overview: This paper examines religious image-making through the case of the Hindu saint Mirabai, exploring her transformation from a Hindu devotional figure to an Indian nationalist heroine to a global icon.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
Moving between Images: The Orchestration of Diverse Time-Space Constructs in Fine Art Practice
Dr. Andrea Thoma, School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Overview: This paper explores how the juxtaposition of diverse fine art media contributes to a differentiated appreciation of the time-space relation within the image and across images.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Narratives of Death: The Ritual Design of Funeral Stagings in Contemporary Hollywood Blockbusters
Antony George Pattathu, Institute for Religious Studies Heidelberg University, Collaborative Research Center 619 "Ritual Dynamics" at Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
Overview: The presentation is focused on the mimetic and performative potential of funeral stagings and their specific ritual design in contemporary Hollywood Blockbusters as sociocultural representation for the production of meaning.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Cinematic Boundaries of the Believable
Mauro Sassi, Department of Italian Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Overview: Can a fiction movie really look like a documentary? Can a non-fiction movie show outrageous realities and be believed? What are the cinematic boundaries of the believable?
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Stella through the Drifting Portrait: Susan Howe's Poetic Recovery of the Marginal Identity
Jessica Lucette Wilkinson, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Overview: This paper explores how poetic rewritings of the past can challenge and transcend the limits of visual portraits and historical texts, using Susan Howe's poetry as a case study.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Historical Image: Film, Dialectics and the Politics of the Now
Keith O’Regan, Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto, Canada
Overview: This paper examines the politics of historical reinvestigation through the use of the image as it relates to migration and exile.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
If You See the Buddha... A Post-Traditional Reading of the Sacred Image
Prof. Niranjan Rajah, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
Overview: This paper relates Indian Mythological cinema to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky as it develops a post-traditional reading of the soteriological image.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Shaping City Through the Image: A Technique in Search of a Reason
Henry Mochida, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, Honolulu, USA
Overview: This paper proclaims the image as a form of theoretical knowledge that is mirrored in the cinematic city.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Ecstasy, Eros and Aesthetics: Art, Culture and the Brain
Dr. Meredith Rode, Mass Media,Visual and Performing Arts Department College of Art and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., USA
Overview: What defines the aesthetic experience, the erotic experience and the ecstatic experience? Are they linked in our brains, but defined by cultural context?
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice

Friday, 03 December
9:00-9:35 PLENARY SESSION - Howard Besser, Moving Image Archiving & Preservation, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York City, USA; 'Image in an Age of Re-Contextualization'
9:35-10:10 PLENARY SESSION - Douglas Kellner, George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, USA; 'Media Spectacle in the Contemporary Era: Some Critical Reflections'
10:10-10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30-12:10 Parallel Sessions
10:30-11:00 11:05-12:05 11:40-12:10
Room 1
Performing, Placemaking and Re-Presenting: Brazilian Restaurants in Tokyo
Vera Zambonelli, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
Overview: Through the notion of placemaking, understood as the process that produces tangible as well intangible sites, this paper examines the role of Brazilian restaurants in the cultural landscape of Tokyo.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
The Forensics of Desire: Deconstructing Narrative in Multimedia
Dana Coester, PI Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA
Overview: This workshop will show/discuss excerpt from experimental multimedia piece "Pretty", an exploration of the cultural desire to document experience and how we map the forensics of memory through photographs.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
“What Are You Taking A Picture Of?”: Constructivist Psychology and the Photographic Image
Dr. Spencer McWilliams, Department of Psychology, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, USA
Overview: Photographic creation involves an interaction between the viewer and the image, combining perception and personal construction, rather than a representation of something already existing.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Dimensional Pedagogy: Refurbishing Image-Making Skills in “Electronically-Raised” Actors (and Others)
Catherine Madden, Professional Actor Training Program School of Drama, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Overview: Madden leads exercises designed to refurbish 3-dimensional imaging skills to actors (and others) whose imaginations are limited by skills learned from 2-dimensional media.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 3
Metaphors of the Mind: Art Forms as Modes of Thinking and Ways of Being
Dr. Danielle Boutet, Department of Psychosociology and Social Work, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Canada
Overview: Based on studio experience, an interdisciplinary artist shows art forms (e.g., mosaic, landscape painting, puppets, theme and variations, etc.) operating as “deep structures,” or generative grammar, in thinking and being.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Image as Text: Experiments in Image Theory and Narrative Context
Asst. Prof. Daniel Labbato, Department of Media and Communications, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, USA
Overview: This paper analyzes the expressive nature of the image through a visual experiment called the “Meaning Making Machine,” developed as an apparatus to test linguistic and visual theory.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Regarding Image Studies: Towards a New Ecology of Images
Dr Sunil Manghani, Faculty of Arts, York St. John University, York, UK
Overview: The paper takes Susan Sontag's enigmatic phrase 'an ecology of images' as a problematic for the wider concerns of image studies.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
The Photograph as Gendered Arbiter of Truth in Contemporary Films
Dr. Wendy Sterba, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, St John's University/College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, USA
Overview: Research on recent films indicates that male and female photographers use and understand photographs quite differently in pursuit of the truth and art.
Theme: Media and Communications
Performing Beauty: Dove's "Real Beauty" Campaign
Jennifer Millard, University Communications, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Overview: Guided by social semiotics and performance, this study examines the processes of interpreting beauty, the self and a public image in response to Dove’s “Real Beauty” advertising campaign.
Theme: Media and Communications
How Alignment Works in Pictures
Sewen Sun, Department of Journalism, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
Overview: This paper provides examples and empirical evidence to illustrate the function of symmetric object alignment in image making and reading.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 5
Images of Ethnoscapes: Notes from Los Angeles
Prof. Tridib Banerjee, School of Policy, Planning and Developmentessor, Univesity of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Surajit Chakravarty, School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan, School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Overview: How images are used to construct and negotiate new identities in ethnic spaces of Los Angeles.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Overcome Resistance to Digital Affordances by Disenfeebling Student Expressive Practices
Dr. Timothy McGee, Teaching Learning Center, Rider University, Lawrenceville, USA
Dr. Barry Janes, Department of Communication and Journalism, Rider University, Lawrenceville, USA
Overview: This presentation will recount the challenges experienced attempting to get undergraduate students to include images and other digital media into their blog entries.
Theme: Media and Communications
Image, Identity and the Rastafari Movement in Ethiopia
Maria Stratford, BA Photography The School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Overview: The strong visual culture and symbolism that represents the Rastafari Movement is being incorporated into Ethiopian society by the Rastas who are migrating there.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
Medial Inversion as an Artistic Strategy: An Analysis of Contemporary Works of Art
Dr. Robrecht Vanderbeeken, Theory Department Academy of Fine Arts Ghent, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Overview: Two case studies of the artistic strategy that takes the common use of a medium as a point of opposition.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Whose Joy? Giotto, Yves Klein and Neon Blue
Associate Professor. Barbara Bolt, Faculty of the Victorian College of Arts and Music, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Overview: This paper investigates the intertwining of the physical, the psychical and the social in the apprehension and experience of colour.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
The Brilliance of the White House Flickr Stream: How the Visual Narrative Promotes Obama as a Post-Racial Figure and "Rockwellian" Everyman
Dr. Michael Shaw, BagNewsNotes.com, Los Angeles, USA
Overview: An analysis of the White House Flickr Stream, illuminating how the visual narrative reinforces Obama's post-racial identity and inoculates the President against toxic racial, cultural and religious stereotypes.
Theme: Media and Communications
Seeing Climate Change: The Visual Construction of Global Warming in Canadian National Print Media
Darryn Anne DiFrancesco, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Nathan Young,
Overview: Visual imagery is essential for making climate change ‘consumable’. We analyze the images that are being used in print media communications about climate change in Canada.
Theme: Media and Communications
Illusions of History: "Magnum P.I." Remembers Vietnam
Rachel Shulman, Libraries, UC, Irvine, Irvine, USA
Overview: The same impulses that led to the building of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial also gave rise to a sub-genre of television drama that began with the airing of “Magnum P.I.”
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 8 GARDEN SESSION - Howard Besser, Douglas Kellner
12:15-13:00 Talking Circle
Room 1 TALKING CIRCLE
13:00-13:05 Lunch
13:05-14:45 Parallel Sessions
13:05-13:35 13:40-14:10 14:15-14:45
Room 1
Illusion in Early Opera: The Referential Dilemma Posed by Alfonso Parigi's Etchings for La Flora
Prof. Suzanne E. Court, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Overview: An argument is forwarded that Parigi’s stage designs for La Flora played a major role.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Time to Know: Motion-Blur and the Temporality of Viewing
Kimberly Beil, Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, USA
Overview: This paper suggests that motion-blur, a photographic convention used to connote extreme speed, brings the viewer close to a Bergsonian experience of duration.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
“Who Wants to Kill Jessie?” and the Materiality of Dreams
Daniela Sneppova, Department of Visual Arts Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Overview: The animated world of superheroine Jessie meets realist Communist Czechoslovakia in this 1966 mixed-media film where dreams (animation) become reality through scientific bumbling. Oh, and the girl saves the world.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
Lost in Individuation: Images of Transformation in Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation"
Antonia Felix, MFA Program in Creative Writing, Wichita State University, Emporia, USA
Overview: An engaging analysis of archetypal imagery in Coppola's 2003 film, including aspects of setting and characterization that evoke the otherworldliness and symbolic language of the unconscious.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Salome's Song and Dance
Dr Karen L. Erickson, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, St. John's University, USA
Overview: Study of Salome as biblical figure, subject in literature, film, opera, in particular her connection to the image of the femme fatale.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Metamorphosis and Freedom of Animated (post) Human Bodies: From Animation Space to Audience Response
Munire Bozdemir, School of Foreign Languages, Istanbul, Turkey
Overview: This study involves the comparative analysis of the (post) human bodies and their metamorphosis as they are represented in selected scenes of live-action and computer animated films.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 3
Images of Kawaii: Late Capitalism, Aesthetics, and the Anxiety of the Cute
Prof. Janice Brown, Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, USA
Overview: Will examine images of Japanese kawaii (cute) as these both undermine and reconfigure established aesthetic boundaries in contemporary culture.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Role of the Noh Play "Chikubushima": An Amalgam of Shintoism and Buddhism
Dr. Keiko Kimura, English, Kobe Women's University, Kyoto, Japan
Overview: The role of the 17th century Japanese Noh play "Chikubushima" as an example of an amalgam of Shintoism and Buddhism
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Imagery as Political Action
Dr. Jeffrey MacLeod, Department of Political and Canadian Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada
Dr. Nick Webb, Department of Historical and Critical Studies, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
Overview: We attempt to define and apply a concept of the image to political activity, such as the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign and examples of political leadership from Canada/UK.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 4
How to Research an Image That Is Not (Only) a Picture: Workshop on Interdisciplinary Research of Cultural, Social and Political Imagery
Prof Jon Simons, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Dr Sunil Manghani, Media Studies, York St. John University, York, UK
Overview: The workshop explores approaches to the interdisciplinary study and critique of images that are as much complex ideas or abstractions as concrete, visual pictures.
Theme: Media and Communications
The Faces of Swedish Reality-Rap Music
Jennifer Eklund, Musicology Department Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Overview: An exploration of recent artists and lyrical themes within the genre of Swedish reality-rap music. Presentation will include translated music video clips.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 5
Body/Technology vs. Knowledge/Truth in "C.S.I. – Crime Scene Investigation": A Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis of the TV Series
Dr Paolo Russo, School of Arts and Humanities, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
Overview: NVivo-based stylometric analysis of the C.S.I. saga that investigates how scientific knowledge and technologies affect the human body positing philosophical issues.
Theme: Media and Communications
Information Graphics: Making Social Science Public in a Visual Age
Laura Norén, Sociology, New York University, New York, USA
Overview: Are information graphics good for the presentation of social science data in the public sphere? Do they help social scientists make their work relevant without jeopardizing context and complexity?
Theme: Education
Room 6
Sri Lanka – an historical and cultural construct
Martin Pieris, School of Design, Communication and IT Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Overview: A theoretical analysis of a photographic essay - a response to documented history of Sri Lanka and the remaining visual evidence of historical events in the contemporary Sri Lankan landscape.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Architecture and Sexuality: Details of Spatial Constructions
Nicholas Pettit, Department of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, USA
Overview: If construction details of a space engender building performance, those details may set the stage for behavior and its interpretation within a space.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Imaging the Storyboard: On Networks, Concepts and Communication
Ir Nikky Fleurke, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Overview: Storyboards developed in the filming discipline have a huge potential for representing complex conceptual networks of ideas.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Every Time They Leave the Room: Mise-en Scéne and Montage as Metaphor in Regard to the 'Out of Field'
Dr. Gregory Ferris, Media Arts and Production Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Overview: The use of mise-en scéne and montage as metaphor, and it's use in in respect to the 'out-of-field' in cinema and cinema studies.
Theme: Media and Communications
Skype-to-Skype: Narcissist Virtual Interaction or New Vision of Ourselves?
Catherine Bertrand, Chair of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in the Department of management Faculty of Administrative Science, University Laval, Québec, Canada
Overview: In an upcoming “Web 3.0”, free video calls like Skype change social interactions by introducing a third person: You-watched-by-you.
Theme: Media and Communications
The Liminality of Boundaries and Borders: A Study of the Coyote in Film
Elizabeth Joy Engelman, Theatre Arts Department, San Jose State University, San Jose, USA
Overview: A study of how film portrayals of the coyote, a person who smuggles undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the United States, exemplify Victor Turner’s concept of liminality.
Theme: Media and Communications
14:45-15:05 COFFEE BREAK
15:05-16:45 Parallel Sessions
15:05-15:35 15:40-16:10 16:15-16:45
Room 1
Impact of Camera Phones on Photojournalism: New Forms and Producers of Visual Journalism Are Emerging
Dr. Anssi Männistö, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Overview: This presentation will explore the ways camera phones are changing the foundations of traditional photojournalism.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
4th Dimension in Architecture: Sacred Geometry and Symbolism
Sanaz Hosseinabadi, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Overview: Architects do not work in a vacuum, totally divorced from other fields. Otherwise they will creat a machine for living.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Life in a Day: Visibilty and Visuality in the Digital Arena
Prof. Lisa Gotto, Film History, ifs International Filmschool Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Overview: This paper explores the issues of visuality and visibility surrounding the interfacing of digitality and reality via the example of the cinematic experiment “Life in a Day”.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 2
The Diagram in the Image: A Provocation of Thought
Dr. A. Janae Sholtz, Humanities Department, Alvernia University, Reading, USA
Overview: The diagram generates the image, the sensible being of the artwork. It is also a moment of strife between chaos and order, representing a disjunctive experience where thought is born.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Cinema for the New Economy: The Films of Kelly Reichardt
Prof. Hugh Burkhart, Copley Library, University of San Diego, San Diego, USA
Overview: This paper analyzes images of poverty and the struggling working class in Kelly Reichardt’s feature films, paying particular attention to their significance within the context of the current economic crisis.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
The Importance of Achitecture for Creating the Image of the City In Europe: The Case of Vienna
Mara Liepa-Zemesa, City Development Department Urban Planning Division, Riga City Council, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
Overview: The article deals with the architecture as one of the main element which creates image of European cities.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 3
For Keeps-Sake: The Social Life of Prenatal Ultrasound Images
Jennifer Chisholm, Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Overview: This paper interrogates the practice of producing ultrasound images for keepsake purposes and examines the impact of these images on interpersonal and social relationships.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Memory in Digital Self-Portrayals
Lyuba Encheva, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Overview: The paper discusses consumer usage of digital photography in terms of motivation, production routines, and meaning making techniques, thus observing the structural transformations of photographic self-narratives.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Impossible Choreographies: Digital Representations of the Moving Figure by Gregory Bennett
Gregory William Bennett, Department of Digital Design School of Art and Design, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
Overview: This paper presents a series of recent 3D computer animations by artist Gregory Bennett which explore digital representations of the moving figure in a series of ‘impossible choreographies’.
Theme: Technologies and Practices of Representation
Room 4
Thomas More’s Utopia vs. Disney: Function of Fiction in the Expression of Rationalization
Munire Bozdemir, School of Foreign Languages, Istanbul, Turkey
Ozden Sahin, Kasa Gallery, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Overview: This paper analyses and compares Thomas More’s Utopia and orthodox Disney cartoons in terms of their fictional elements and the use of these elements for purposes of rationalization and reasoning.
Theme: Media and Communications
Image Analysis of Bethlehem, Palestine: What can Destination Marketers Learn from their Visitors' Blogs?
Dr. Rami Isaac, Research Centre, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Netherlands
Erdinc Cakmak, International Tourism Management Studies, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Overview: Identifying the image of Bethlehem, Palestine, by its visitors through analyzing their online publishing on their blogs.
Theme: Media and Communications
Visual Communication in Election Campaigns: An Analysis of Election Posters in the 2008 Austrian National Election Campaign
Lore Hayek, Austrian National Election Study, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Overview: The aim of this research is to develop a framework for content analysis which not only allows to capture textual messages in election posters, but also the visual elements.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 5
Images of Multiracialization
Nana Osei-Kofi, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, USA
Overview: This presentation explores visual representations of “mixed-race” individuals and families in order to better understand and interrogate multiracialization in contemporary American society.
Theme: Education
Spider Woman's Web: Images of Death and Rebirth
Dr. Evans Lansing Smith, Mythological Studies Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, USA
Overview: A meditation upon a hypnagogic image of the spider in relation to the death of my father, in the context Native American mythology.
Theme: Education
NFL Football Games Do Not Take Place: The New Cowboys Stadium, the Largest LCD Screen in the World, and the Place of Agency in Sports Spectacle
Dr. Brent Cottle, Applied Arts and Sciences, Lethbridge College, Lethbridge, Canada
Overview: This paper reports on a research trip to an NFL football game in the new Cowboys Stadium, and, employing the theory of Baudrillard, considers the political implications of such spectacle.
Theme: Media and Communications
Room 6
Counterproductive Affect and the Indigenous Image in Peruvian Tourism
Marie-Eve Monette, Hispanic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Overview: The image of indegenous native in the advertising of Peruvian tourism promotes affective reactions to be shared between the public and the natives.
Theme: Arts Theory and Practice
Room 7
Socialist Simulacra: Sites of Violence or Cities of Progress? Forced-Labour and Everyday Life in Bulgaria 1944-1985
Lilia Topouzova, Department of History, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Peyo Kolev, www.lostbulgaria.com, Sofia, Bulgaria
Overview: A photographer and a historian trace the terrain of a small modernizing state paved with forced-labour. We discover how everyday life of “real socialism” co-existed with “gulag”-style camps in Bulgaria.
Theme: Media and Communications
"I Have No Ego": Cinema Pioneer William Kennedy Laurie Dickson
Margaret Hames, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, USA
Overview: Cinema inventor W. K. L. Dickson created the world's first multi-media autobiography as he fought for recognition and credit under the employment of Thomas Edison Laboratory.
Theme: Media and Communications
A Peace Journalism Approach to Media Images of the Wars in the 21st Century
Prof. Minha Kim, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
Hyun-Jin Kwon, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
Overview: A study exploring how a peace journalism approach can construct images of wars divergent from and counter-stereotypical to portrayals by mainstream media organizations
Theme: Media and Communications
16:50-17:20 CONFERNCE CLOSING - Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, Common Ground Publishing, USA