The Image Conference (Athens, 2018) : A photo memoir

 

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The seventh edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, was held on 6th and 7th October at New York College, in Athens, Greece. The Department of English Language and Language Teaching of New York College, Athens hosted  and co-organised this international conference, offering educators in Greece a unique opportunity for focused, high-quality professional development.

The two key aims of the conference were to put media and images at the centre of the language learning agenda, and to offer guidance on using media and images critically and creatively in language teaching in the age of the Internet. It is always an excellent opportunity for like-minded from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas.

On Friday night already, several of us had arrived for a warm and welcoming pre-conference event at the venue. Having a drink, seeing old friends and colleagues, chatting was an incredibly pleasant experience.

The next morning, Kieran Donaghy opened the Conference .

The Conference kicked off with Magdalena Brzezinska’s workshop ‘Can you feel what I feel?’ followed by Tyson Seburn’s ‘Video Oxymorons’.

 

Several other keynote speakers followed …..

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like Jade Blue and Hania Krystyna Bociek and Ben Goldstein

Other colleagues presented, of course, too….

Like Magdalena Dygala, Magdalena Wasilewska, Teresa Carvalho, Efi Tzouri, Grace Alchini and many many more.

The day ended with Kieran’s and Chrysa Papalazarou’s plenary talks at the College’s yard!

However, that was not enough! A dinner party at a taverna was to follow shortly after!

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Day 2 was shorter and started with speakers such as Elena Domínguez Romero and Jelena Bobkina but also Rob Howard, Nick Bilbrough, Maria Barberi, Vicky Papageorgiou, Vasiliki Lismani, Maria Theologidou, Judy Boyle, Chryssa Themelis , Emma Louise Pratt, etc.

It was two wonderful days full of interesting talks, a lot of bonding with colleagues, networking and a delightful opportunity to spend a few days in sunny Athens, of which everyone took advantage of even during the breaks.

The Conference closed with Anna Whitcher’s training session ‘Language learning through video creation ‘ and Daniel Xerri’s plenary on ‘Making the Most of the Multicultural Classroom through Multimodal Resources’.

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On the last day, too Emma Louise Pratt interviewed people out in the yard and you can listen to their reflections here .

Also, you can watch Magdalena Dygala’s video

And the announcement that next year the Image Conference will be hosted in Brussels! Until then….. we will be in touch!

 

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Call for Papers: 7th Edition of the Image Conference, Athens 2018

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We are delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for the seventh edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, which will be held on 6th and 7th October at New York College, in Athens, Greece, is now open.

 

Thank you for wanting to submit a speaker proposal for The Image Conference 2018, Athens, Greece.

We would appreciate it if you would take a moment to read through these speaker guidelines to help you, us and the delegates get the most out of the conference.
The deadline for proposals is Friday 8th June. Notification of acceptance of proposals will take place on Friday 6th July. Once you have been accepted to speak, you will receive a provisional acceptance email.

 

Prospective speakers for the conference are kindly asked to submit abstracts for talks or workshops – 50 words maximum. All proposals must be related to the use of images in language teaching and learning. Topics can include:

  • images
  • video
  • film
  • gaming
  • art
  • mental imagery
  • virtual reality and
  • augmented reality.

As Greece is at the epicentre of the refugee crisis in Europe, we encourage proposals related to using images when teaching English to refugees and/or when teaching about refugees through English.

 

Proposals should be chosen in line with the following presentation categories:
• Workshop (45 minutes, including questions): A workshop is a session in which there is active audience participation via the experiencing and discussing of tasks provided by the presenter.
• Talk (45 minutes, including questions): A talk tells the delegates something about teaching English through images.
Please also submit your bio-data ( maximum 50 words).

Are you speaking on behalf of a publisher or institution?
If so, please make this very clear. Delegates are likely to be disappointed if a session they attended based on the description in the abstract turns out to be an advertisement for a publication, product, or course. The submissions of speaker proposals for commercial presentations are welcomed but, if you are basing your presentation either in part or in full on a newly or recently published material, you should clearly say this in your abstract.

Is the information in your abstract clear?
Be explicit about whether you are offering a talk, a commercial presentation or a hands-on workshop. We want to be sure that when delegates register for sessions, they can do so on the basis of accurate information.

You can download these guidelines for submission of proposals guidelines-for-speakers-athens-2018

 

Please submit your proposal by completing this form by Friday 8th June.