Permanente Scientific Director

Lisa Hodge PhD

Lisa Hodge, Ph.D – Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)

Lisa Hodge is the Course Chair and Acting Head of Social Work, Social Work Unit, Allied Health Program, College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University, Australia. She holds a Ph.D in Philosophy; a Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice); and a Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) from the University of South Australia, Australia. She is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at Victoria University. She has previously worked as a lecturer in Social Work at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia and is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia, where she is a member of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group. She is also a member of the Center for Social Change, at the University of South Australia. She has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences on her research, which includes: eating disorders and self-harm in particular and mental health more broadly, as well as visual and textual research methods and methodologies. Lisa is also the principle owner of a private counselling practice specialising in eating disorders and body image issues.

2020 Conference

Dr. Rafael Cabrera

Scientific Director 

Prof. Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo, Ph.D. – Univ. Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo obtained a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He is in charge of the position of Associate Vice president for Academic Affairs at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History in this same institution.

He has been a visiting professor at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Colombia, where he has offered seminars on semiotics and visual culture. He participates in several academic research networks related to studies on representations of mass media.

He is a member of scientific editorial committees of universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. He integrates national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture, two of them being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians, of which he was a founder member and President between 2001 and 2004, and the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid, currently serving as the Scientific Director of its executive committee.

As for publications, he has three books as a co-author and one alone, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960. He has other collaborations about the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media, published in specialized reviews and articles in books in Mexico and Spain.

Scientific Committee

Avkash Jadhav

Avkash Daulatrao Jadhav

University of Mumbai, India

Dr. Karim Gherab

Karim Javier Gherab Martín

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Jayson Harsin

Jayson Harsin

The American University of Paris, Paris, France.

Lucía Sutil

Lucía Sutil

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Norma Rodríguez Roldán

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Aleska Cordero

Universidad Nacional Abierta, Venezuela