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2020 Conference Program


Each year, the International Conference on Arts and Cultures attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The conference program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

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Accepted proposals

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The program will be available for download 2 months before the start of the event.

Highlighted Theme

Cinema as subversive art: avant-garde, resistance and rearrangements

When defining the work The cinema as a subversive art of the Austrian-born film critic Amos Vogel, the II International Conference on Arts and Cultures uses the same title of this work as a reference, not to limit itself to those desires or tastes of Viennese by censored films for its disturbing content and with explicitly sexual or violent images, but for seeing in the cinema, in addition to the above, an inciting, answering, transforming, avant-garde and critical art. In short, it is to appreciate from the beginning of the cinema its competences to be art and its capacity as a catalyst for socio-cultural changes, at national and international level.

Together with the discussion of the thematic subversion of the medium in front of other artistic ways, the editions against ideologies and aesthetics will be evaluated, which also appear in a cinema that exchanges or manipulates our conscious and unconscious, demystifies visual taboos and modifies the visions of existing values ​​and institutions. In turn, the technological forms will be analyzed, including the new digital and virtual configurations that the cinema has used to represent and question science, politics, philosophy, modern art, among others.

Within all the above, in addition to film productions, other manifestations born in the heat of this art will be included, such as the video clip, video games, video art, net-art, among others.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Óscar Lapeña Marchena, PhD – Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)

Perfiles cinematográficos el personaje de Espartaco: el resistente multiusos

Professor of Ancient History at the Cádiz University (Spain), since 1996. Doctor in Ancient History since 2001. Teaching experience in History, HUmanities and Classical Philology. His basic research line are the relationship between Cinema and History, in particular, Ancient History. He is researcher responsable for the HUM-1206 group “Imagen y Memoria: miradas transversales entre la Historia y los Medios Audiovisuales”. He is the autor of the books El Mito de Espartaco.  De Capua a Hollywood (2007), Guida al Cinema Peplum (2009), and Cinco perspectivas sobre el Mundo Antiguo y los géneros cinematográficos (2020, in press). Editor of Cine y Eros (2017), and El cine va de viaje (2019), as well as co-editor of El poder a través de la representación fílmica (2015), and Imagining Ancient Cities in Film. From Babylon to Cinecittá (2015).

Prof. Ana Panero, Ph.D. – Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Interpretaciones de la mujer subversiva: el caso de Gradiva en el cine, la literatura y la fotografía

PhD cum laude in Information and Communication Sciences. Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado 2013) – Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Bachelors degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bachelors degree in Publicity and Public Relations, Master degree in Communication and Art – Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research is focused on media analysis, marketing, contemporary art and gender as a cultural construction. She worked in the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid, Spain) and in Dorset College (Dublin, Ireland). Her work has been published in various research journals and international conferences. She is currently a Lecturer in Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland) and an active member of the research groups “Arte, Arquitectura y Comunicación en la Ciudad Contemporánea” (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and “Imagen y Memoria” (Universidad de Cádiz )