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29-30 October 2015
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Advisory Board, we are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixth International Conference on the Image, held 29-30 October 2015 at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and encourage faculty and students to jointly submit proposals, discussing the image through one of the following themes:

– The Form of the Image
– Image Work
– The Image in Society
– Special Focus – Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies of “New” Media

When speaking about “new” media, the claim to newness draws meaning from what is supposed to be the peculiar nature of digital technologies. This narrative is mirrored in the analysis of a historical shift from an industrial age, based in the logic of mass factory production and uniform consumption, to an information age centered on the production and communication of information. In an industrial logic “material” referred primarily to a critique of a political economy of real objects, whereas “immaterial” referred to a politics of identity and culture.

The conference will address this theme through a series of cascading questions. For example, could the lens of “media materiality” be a productive way to view the flows of political economy, identity, and sexuality in the context of a critical analysis of what is “new” in the new media? How can one address the intersection, co-dependency, and interplay of media materiality and immateriality? And, as this question pertains to the Image Conference, how do we understand the production, consumption, and distribution of images in an age of “new” compared to “old” media? How might we frame critical economies of “new” media in relation to the legacy, rebirth, and re-imagination of “old” media?

– Jesse Drew, Cinema and Technocultural Studies, University of California, Davis, USA
– Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Modern Culture and Media, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, Providence, USA

Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication to the fully refereed Image Journal. If you are unable to attend the conference in-person, you may become a member of the community to submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal collection.

Proposals are reviewed on rolling deadlines. The final submission deadline for in-person presentations is 26 September 2015 (a title and short abstract). Proposals submitted after this day will be accommodated in non-themed sessions at the conference or are eligible for community membership registrations (no attendance at conference required with community membership presentations).

For more information and to submit a proposal visit:

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Sponsored by: Common Ground Publishing and The Image Community