6th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2022)

6th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2022)






17-19 November, 2022

Nicosia, Cyprus



International Association of Photography & Theory (IAPT)

CYENS Centre of Excellence





Confirmed Keynotes:

Prof. Joanna Zylinska

Assoc. Prof. Jahna Otterbacher

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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icpt2022


Submitted proposals will go through a blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by July 1st, 2022. For more information and conference updates, please visit the website of the International Association of Photography and Theory: https://www.photographyandtheory.com/icpt2022


Questions may be sent to: icpt2022@cyens.org.cy


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


We plan for the ICPT2022 to be a physical conference. Please keep this in mind when you submit your abstract. If changes must occur due to the pandemic, we will notify you in due course.


ICPT2022 Organizing Committee


Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (Cyprus University of Technology/ CYENS Centre of Excellence/ IAPT)

Kleanthis Neocleous (CYENS Centre of Excellence)



Maria Shehade (CYENS Centre of Excellence)

Nicolas Lambouris (Frederick University)

Elena Stylianou (European University Cyprus)

Artemis Eleftheriadou (Frederick University)

Elena Parpa (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)


ICPT2022 Scientific Committee


Martin Hand, Queen’s University Kingston, Canada

Ashley Scalett, Alberta University of the Arts, Canada

Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, UK

Nina Mangalanayagam, Akademin Valand in Gothenburg, Sweden

Louise Wolthers, Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden

Mette Sandbye, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Sigrid Lien, University of Bergen, Norway

Manuela Naveau, University of Art and Design Linz, Austria

Christos Carras, Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece

Geoff Cox, London South Bank University, UK

Marinos Koutsomichalis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Yiannis Toumazis, Nimac, Frederick University, Cyprus

Doros Polydorou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Gavriel Koureas, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology/ CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus

Kleanthis Neocleous, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus

Maria Shehade, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus

Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University, Cyprus

Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus

Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University, Cyprus

Elena Parpa, University of Nicosia, Cyprus