The Seventh Transdisciplinary Conference on Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science, and Culture

23 – 25 September 2022

Virtual and in-person, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Deadline 15 March 2022

                Munushkor’s Flight. World Nomad Games, Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. Photo Credit: Aizava Alieva, 2018.



The Seventh Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference will be held in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a country where equestrian nomadism remains a powerful cultural signifier. In Deleuze and Guattari’s nomadology, the nomad pursues pure lines of flight across the steppe, desert, or ocean: smooth, continually shifting spaces that stand in opposition to the striated, enclosed world of the settled State. Similarly, images traverse and produce unbounded, uncharted spaces whose circumference shifts, expands, and dissolves. Confounding distinctions between arrival and departure, every return of the image is a phantom, as illusory as the belief that the earth returns to the same spot after orbiting the sun. Heterogeneous and dynamic, de-territorialised and de-territorialising, how do the image’s nomadic flights construct and reflect the textures of the everyday?

    In a hybrid online and in-person event hosted by the University of Central Asia on its Naryn campus, the conference offers an exciting opportunity for international participants to connect with Kyrgyz and other Central Asian creatives and scholars, and to explore experimental imaging cultures at the crossroads between East and West, and hypermodernity and tradition.

We invite written papers for publication in a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings to be issued by the University of Central Asia. We also encourage creative practitioners to address the conference theme in more informal talks that present their work. Submissions are invited from practitioners and theorists in Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Curation, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Design, Contemporary Craft, Speculative Fictions, Creative Non-Fiction, Data Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science. Papers and talks should address the theme of “the nomadic image” from any angle, in one or more of the following areas: 

• traditional and contemporary nomadisms • migration and diasporas • hypermediation and post-truth• everyday aesthetics • the contemporary gaze • transnational imaginaries • gender and identity • data visualisaton and coded realities • augmented and virtual reality • non-visual imaging • embodiment and performance •

Submit your abstract (max. 300 words) by 15 March 2022, indicating whether you intend to submit a written paper or present a practitioner talk