CFP: Dialogues Between Images and Texts

Part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
Institute for Education and Research, Athens
June 8 - 11, 2020
Stichtag: 04.11.2019

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 adequate in expressing thoughts and 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 and 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 should be given on context—be it cultural, socio-political, historical or (inter)disciplinary—and on how exchanges between images and texts are received, are understood and shift perception. We are equally interested in intermediality and on a critical reflection on its benefits and limitations for creativity, imagination and knowledge production.

Deadline to submit abstracts: 4 November 2019

Abstracts of maximum 500 words should be sent to and use ATINER’s Abstract Submitting Form. For more information, visit or contact the symposium coordinator, Eve Kalyva, directly at

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