Dialogues Between Images and Texts

A Small Symposium on “Dialogues Between Images and Texts”
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
8-11 June 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Arts & Culture Unit of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Dialogues Between Images and Texts”, 8-11 June 2020, Athens, Greece as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

This symposium considers how images and texts come into dialogue in the visual and the performing arts. Historically, the interest in the relation of the visual to the textual derives from the philosophical debates around ekphrasis, and as to whether painting or poetry is more adequately expressing emotions (cf. Lessing’s Laocoon). Meanwhile, Da Vinci praises both, each medium excelling in its own way. In modern times, visual and textual juxtapositions become central in artistic movements such as the Russian avant-garde, Dada and surrealism; and are exemplified by conceptual art, which introduced language in a visual art context. Beyond the arts, the interdisciplinary study of image/text relations encompasses other instances of visual culture and communication such as graffiti, comics, newspapers and advertisement. This symposium invites discussion on any aspect of image and text relations in the visual and the performing arts, including from a historioraphical, art critical, philosophical, semiological, communicational, curatorial, scenographic and literary perspective. Emphasis is given on context—be it cultural, socio-political, historical or (inter)disciplinary—and how exchanges between images and texts are received, understood and shift perception. We are equally interested in intermediality, and on critical reflections on its benefits and limitations for creativity, imagination and knowledge production.

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Myceanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form by the 25 May 2020 to:  Dr. Stephen Andrew Arbury, Head, Arts & Culture Unit, ATINER & Professor of Art History, Radford University, USA. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

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