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CFP: Eikon Imago 2021, Eternal Sadness: Representations of Death in Visual Culture

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kinsey Brooke

Eternal Sadness: Representations of Death in Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Present Time (2021)

Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez, ed.

The idea of death has been present, since its inception, in visual culture and in the art of different times and spaces. The awareness of the end and the expiration of life have led to reflections of the human being on death and the meaning of existence that have been reflected in images of various forms and materials. The relationships between death and the image have been very fruitful throughout history and have been concretized in themes, ideas, and notions that unfold in the different possibilities of visual culture from antiquity to the contemporary world. From the representations and personifications of this to the reflections on the passage of time and the fleetingness of the life of the thought of the vanitas, death is a subject treated from different perspectives and sensibilities in the culture that has even been introduced on the web 2.0 and the internet. The purpose of this call for papers is therefore to study the representations of death in visual culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The main topics of interest for this monograph, without being exclusive, are the following:

  • The image of Death: personification and allegory;
  • Iconographic types of Death;
  • Tombs and funerary spaces: the image of death and architecture;
  • The last portrait: from the funeral mask to post-mortem photography;
  • Vanities and disappointments: images about the passage of time and the disappointment of the world;
  • Image and feeling: representations of absence and melancholy in visual culture;
  • Death at 24fps: death and cinema;
  • Death 2.0: death, digital image, internet, and web 2.0;
  • Historiography of studies on death.

The Eikón Imago Journal opens its process of receiving original articles for its number 16 to be published in 2021. The number will include articles related to the monographic topic and others related to any aspect of the general thematic coverage of the journal (free articles).

Submission deadline for full articles is October 15, 2020.

For more information and for style/submission guidelines, see the Eikón Imago website.  

For general inquiries, contact Eikón Imago at

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