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

23 – 25 September 2022

Virtual and in-person, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan




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 abstracts for i) written papers for a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings to be published by the University of Central Asia; ii) panel discussions; iii) 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, panel discussions 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 •

Submission Instructions

Submission Instructions

Written Papers          

Abstracts for written papers will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and ranked according to relevance, with acceptances announced in May 2022. Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes with extra time for Q and A. The submission date for full papers (max. 5,000 words) is 20 July 2022. Full papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in conference proceedings to be issued by the University of Central Asia.

On the submission page (link below) please fill in author(s) information; title of paper; abstract; keywords; tick the ‘written paper’ box; indicate the theme(s) you are addressing. 


Proposals are invited for panels of 3-5 presenters. Panels will range in length from 60 to 90 minutes, according to the number of participants.  Accepted panel abstracts will be published in conference proceedings issued by the University of Central Asia. Individual presenters can also submit full papers for peer review and publication.

A panel representative should fill in authors’ information; title of panel; abstract; keywords; tick the ‘panel’ box; and indicate the theme(s) the panel will address and include abstracts for each of the presenters..

Artist Presentations

Creative practitioners working in any medium are invited to make presentations of work that responds to the conference theme. Presenters will be allocated 15 minutes, with extra time for Q and A. Proposals will be reviewed for their relevance to the conference theme. Conference chairs will make the final decision to accept or reject proposals.

Please fill in title of presentation (‘paper’); abstract; keywords; tick the ‘artist presentation’ box; indicate the theme(s) you are addressing. In addition, upload a PDF of 2-3 pages (max. 50MB) including:  i) a bio (max 300 words); ii) a copy of your abstract; iii) images or sketches and/or links to relevant video or written texts that you propose to present.

Please submit your abstract by 30 April 2022

Conference Founder and Series Chair: Hon. Prof. Paul Thomas, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture

Co-Chairs 2022: Soheil Ashrafi, University of Central Asia, and Michael Garbutt, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture


The 7th Transdisciplinary Conference is sponsored by the University of Central Asia and delivered in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts, Architecture & Design, with support from Alo-Too International University and ololohaus, Bishkek.