Call for Contributions


Saperi&Co of Sapienza University of Rome together with Melting Pro are pleased to invite contributions to the International Visual Methods Conference 2023, hosted in Rome, Italy, from 29 to 31 May 2023.

Since its inaugural event in 2009, the International Visual Methods Conference has developed  a  reputation  as  a  leading  interdisciplinary  forum  for  researchers,  artists, visual scholars, activists  and other practitioners to engage in dialogue with one another.


The topic of this 8th edition is Transition: Preparing for the Next Generation.

The era we are living in is certainly experiencing a time of transition: the pandemic put the whole world in crisis. How do we make a strong and responsible investment in the Next Generation? What common goods – such as education and training – do we turn to in order to give everyone equal opportunities?

In this scenario visual methods play an important role, embracing much more than the simple communication of results. We need to understand how our community can trigger broader reflections and offer solutions to specific problems.

We propose five tracks corresponding to five challenges addressed worldwide:

1.  A Green/Sustainable Future::  giving a green revolution and ecological transition

2. A Digital Future: involving digitization, innovation, culture and inclusion. .

3. A Caring Future: giving physical health, psychological well-being and social cohesion

4. A Smart Future: stimulating research and education to develop abilities, wisdom and experience..

5. An Equitable Future: embracing diversity, inclusion and good social relationships.

The 2023 conference will include a combination of keynote presentations, panels and papers, alongside workshops, screenings, exhibitions and events. We invite contributions from various disciplines, including applied arts and design, visual anthropology, communication studies, computing, architecture,   urban planning and the social sciences, including social innovation. This list is not limited. We are keen to encourage participation from those working collaboratively across  these disciplines and others.

We are looking for proposals exploring any of these areas:

●   Data visualisation

●   Visual data analysis

●   Visual arts

●   Visual research methods and design

●    Visual ethics

●    Visual culture

●   Participatory visual methods

●   Community facing or community derived  visual projects

●   Digital Storytelling

●   3D modelling

Contributions  can  be  in  the  form  of  extended  abstracts,  papers,  panel  proposals, workshop proposals, and/or proposals for visual exhibitions or physical activities.

Conference format

The  conference  will primarily  take  place  onsite,  hosted  by  the  prestigious  Sapienza University of Rome, with potential online activities.


14 October 2022 – Call for contributions opens

16 Jan 2023 – Deadline for abstracts submission

New 28 Feb 2023 – Final Extended Deadline for abstracts

24 Feb 2023 – Notification of early-submitted proposals.
Proposals submitted during the extended deadline period will be forthcoming

01-31 March 2023 -Early-Bird Registration

06 april  – Draft programme

1-30 April 2023 – Regular Registration

1-10 May 2023 – Late registration

15 May 2023 – Complete conference program

29-31 May – Main event – International Visual Methods Conference

Submission procedures

All submissions must be made via Easychair at

Submissions for papers are to be made as abstracts, with a maximum of 500 words

Proposals for workshops, screenings, events or exhibitions should be submitted as abstracts with links to supporting material (e.g. images, videos, previous work, special requirements)

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of international and local experts.

For enquiries, please contact the organising committee at