2nd International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life 17 January 2019

Full paper Submission Deadlines: 17 December 2018

When the visual related concept emerged, which has been essentially relating to the concepts that have been developed in humanities and social sciences over the years, we have a number of critical concerns to deal with, which covers how actually visuality is a socially constructed experience and what are exactly the reasons that have allowed us to perceive, understand, and live our social life.
In the development of higher education, specifically in arts education, this concept of visual turn is not merely something that relates to everything around us that has something to do with human vision, which is one of the major modes of our senses, but also intersect or involve social framework, parameters, differentiation and direction of looking.
It has been quite awhile that our higher education, without questioning, has accepted images as something of transparent nature, but in the last decades we have begun to question the concept of visual turn which is a detailed analysis of realism encompassing and acrossing media and academic disciplines. This question can be interpreted as a challenge to the claim believing that the images we create and think of are purely transparent in nature. Being a critical concern in the field of humanities and social sciences, a number of theorists who pay special attention to contemporary culture, this field of study cannot be clearly separated from film studies, psychoanalytic theory and study of television and also comics, hybrid electronic media, traditional artistic media, advertising, internet, graphic, visual aid, image, illustration, diagram and display.
In its wider meaning the concept of visual culture at present put clearer attention to the production and dissemination of images but it is has been directed to – borrowing Martin Jay’s concept – ‘what they work and what they do, rather than move than move them past too quickly to the ideas they represent or the reality they purport to depict’. It is also imperative to note that the concept of ‘pictorial turn’ in the humanities has created renewed interest in an increasingly diverse and extensive visual culture.
Based on this summarized concept the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design and the Graduate School of the Jakarta Institute of the Arts are making preparations to organize the 2nd International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life and it will discuss “Visual Turn as Concept and Challenge”. This 2018 international conference will include academicians and practitioners who have worked on the development of ideas about what actually images are and how images operate on observers and what the academics and practitioners can do with and about them.

Conference Details
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Graduate School of Jakarta Institute of Arts are seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join the 2nd International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life on the broad topic of “Visual Turn: Concept and Challenges.” We seek to recruit scholars and practitioners from around the globe in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the XVicture 2019, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1617 January 2019.
This conference sought panels that are related to the broad topic of “Visual Turn: Concept and Challenges.” The exact panel description will be developed and refined once panelists have been selected, but the topic is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants for variant themes.
Contributors are free to present research related to these broad themes from any disciplinary angle. Related sub-topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts and design education
  • Archives and art history
  • New media
  • Visual narratives
  • Arts and design environment
  • Social and political economy
  • Urban design and craft
  • Creative ecosystem
  • Futurity
  • Technique and materials exploration

Where to submit your papers
You can submit your papers through this page.