Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, I would like to inform you of the:

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE IMAGE     14-16 September 2012    Higher School of the Humanities and Journalism, Poznan, Poland

SPECIAL THEME: ‘The Thread to the Unknown’

Is the Unknown a construct? Can we actually construct the Unknown, and if so how do we do it? This conference aims to explore the boundaries of language, culture, scientific research, artistic production and images in relation to the Unknown, in order to think about the limits of science and the future of human society. (Full conference Themes may be found at

We are pleased to hold the 2012 conference in partnership with the Polish Mediations Biennale 3: The Unknown – Nieznane. The location of the city of Poznan in Poland and Europe creates a wonderful opportunity for it to become a mediator between Eastern and Western Europe, between Asia and Europe, and between the civilizations of the west and the east. The word MEDIATIONS also applies to the relationship between all fields of art, attitudes, outlooks on life, and generations. The Unknown – Nieznane: Works of art disclose areas which are incomprehensible and which cannot be expressed with the use of the words. We create knowledge of what is familiar to us and about the secret of our existence. Art awakens in us the sensibility and awareness of the presence of things that are unknown in our lives. During the MEDIATIONS BIENNALE, there will be works of ancient, modern and contemporary art presented and created by the artists from different cultural areas around the world.

In addition to an impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the conference will also include paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, and colloquia submitted by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Please refer to the Call-for-Papers for proposal submission guidelines and descriptions of sessions – Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Image. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 8 March 2012. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website at Presenters may also take advantage of the Early Conference Registration, available until 14 March, see:

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We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Poznan this September.

Yours Sincerely,

Phillip Kalantzis-Cope & Tamsyn Gilbert  – The New School For Social Research, New York City, USA     Marianne Wagner-Simon – Freies Museum Berlin, Germany     Tomasz Wendland – Director, Mediations Biennale, Poland

For the Advisory Board, International Conference on the Image and The International Journal of the Image


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