CfP: 6th International Conference of Photography & Theory, Nicosia, 2022

Emerging technologies have had a significant impact on photographic representations, as well as on the production, distribution and reception of photographic images. Technologies such as 360-degree photography have expanded the photographic frame and have provided the stage for VR and AR applications. Drones and satellite images have contributed to new visualizations of experiences, understandings and documentations of spaces. Machine-made images such as synthetic images, GANs, and Deep Fakes have entered our visual landscape and have complicated our relationship with reality. As a result of these developments, relevant issues of ethics, agency and power, have equally become more urgent than ever.

The conference aims to address questions relevant to the ways in which emerging technologies, such as 360 photography, artificial intelligence, machine-made images, augmented reality, satellites, drones, etc. influence photographic practices and potentially expand contemporary visualities.  Can such technologies “expand” or “limit” the photographic vision and frame? And if so, what are the socio-political, aesthetic, and ethical implications of the use of such technologies in relation to photographic practices? How do emerging technologies impact on our relationship with photographic images, and on the medium of photography in general?

We are looking for papers with a critical perspective that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Expanded visualities
Immersive photographic environments (360-degree photography, VR/AR/MR)
(Art) historical takes on new photographic visualities
The reception of machine-made images/photographs
The effect of emerging technologies on the photographic image
Archiving the digital
Big data and photography
Drone photography/ Satellite images and representations of landscape/geography
Redefining vernacular photography
New forms of protest through photography
Emerging technologies and art practices
Camera-less photography
Photographic art practices that use emerging technologies
The future of documentary photography
Authenticity, sales, and Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs)
Revisiting social networks, representation and archives
Ethical and socio-political issues
The biases and politics of algorithms
The ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-made images
Power structures in new visualities
The agency of the photographer/artist
Deep fakes and their creation, distribution and reception
Social uses and controlling photographs
Relationship between truth, authenticity and representation
Democracy, participation and social engagement

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations from various disciplines, such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, computer sciences, philosophy, ethnography, education, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts.

To propose a paper, please submit a 450-word abstract (including references) through our online submission system, no later than April 30th, 2022.

To access our submission system please follow this link:

Submitted proposals will go through a blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by July 1st, 2022. Send questions and queries to:

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2022
Notification of authors: July 1, 2022
Deadline for early registration: September 3, 2022
Deadline for late registration: November 5, 2022
Conference: November 17 – 19, 2022


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