CFP Sep 7, 2005

Emotional Visuals (Dresden 2006)

Marion Mueller

Call for Papers
for a Panel-Submission to the ICA-Conference in Dresden 2006
"Emotional Visuals"

Deadline: October 1st, 2005

We intend to submit a panel proposal on the above topic in the context of
the ICA Visual Studies Division for the 2006 Dresden conference. Papers can
address both questions relating to the visualization of emotions and/or
questions concerning emotional reactions to visuals.

Compared to text, images are believed to be particularly effective in
eliciting emotions. Is there scientific support for this popular notion?
What are really the effects of images? Which visual contents are
particularly susceptible to create strong affective reactions? Which short
term effects are there; what is the role of the long-term
cultural/historical context? Is it the images that elicit emotions or are
sound and music more important in audiovisual media? What is the
interaction between emotional images, texts, and music? How are images
strategically used to create emotions? Can different strategies of
emotional "charging" be distinguished in audiovisual media, print media, in
PR, advertising, or political communications? Is online communication
affectively "cooler", i.e., are images less effective on the Internet
compared to TV? Is it at all possible to successfully direct emotions
visually or is the emotional process too complex for such goal-directed

These and similar questions shall be addressed and discussed from different
disciplinary view points - from media and communication studies to
psychological and (art)historical approaches. All scientific contributions
focusing on visual communication are welcome.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:
October 1st, 2005

Organizational matters:
a.. Please send a two- to three-page abstract (3.600-5.400 characters)
including references as well as identifying information (your name,
position, mailing address, email-address, phone number) via email to both
panel organizers until 1st of October 2005 at the latest:

Prof. Marion G. Müller
Chair DGPuK-Visual Communication Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
International University Bremen (IUB)
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Telephone: +49 421-200-3463
Fax: +49 421-200-3303

Prof. Michael Griffin
Chair, Visual Studies Division
Department of Humanities & Media & Cultural Studies
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Tel: ++1-651 696-6423

In brief: submission deadline October 1st, 2005
- abstract (max. 5.400 characters) incl. references
- please include personal information (address, position, phone, e-mail)
- electronic submission only (Word, RTF, PDF, please no Word Perfect!)
- send to both panel organizers:,

We will inform you promptly about the composition of the panel proposal,
which will have to be submitted to the ICA one month after this Call's

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