Registration for the Image Conference Brussels is now open


Registration for the Image Conference in Brussels on 5th and 6th October is now open.

The Image Conference is the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, and this year it is being hosted and co-organised by BELTA (The Belgian English Language Teachers Association) with the collaboration of the Global Issues SIG of IATEFL. Leading experts and practitioners in the use of images in language learning will share their experiences, insights and know-how and provide participants with an excellent opportunity to enhance their competence in the innovative, critical and creative use of images in language education.

The Image Conference ’19 will bring together over 50 speakers delivering three plenaries and 40 individual sessions over two days. Sessions deal with the range of visual arts, including images, film, video, art, mental imagery, VR, and – for the first time – typeface!
Although the sessions and plenaries are given in English, language teachers from all areas are invited to participate!

We look forward to seeing you in the vibrant and multicultural city of Brussels.


The Call for Papers for the Eighth Edition of the Image Conference in Brussels is Now Open


We are delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for the eighth edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, which will be held in collaboration with the Belgian English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) on 5th and 6th October at Erasmushogeschool, in Brussels, Belgium, is now open.

Thank you for wanting to submit a speaker proposal for The Image Conference 2019,Brussels, Belgium.

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, 24th May. Notification of acceptance of proposals will take place in mid-June. 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.

There will be a strand of talks on the theme of how images can be used to teach migrants language and to teach about migrants.

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_brussels_2019

Please submit your proposal by completing this form by Friday, 24th May.