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 has a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras. He has realized postdoctoral studies in the universities of Oxford, in England, and in Bologna, in Italy. Currently, he is in charge of the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History at the same institution. Cabrera is dedicated to work about visual semiology and the effect of the mass media on daily life. It also researches aspects related to social and economic history at the conjuncture of the Spanish-American War, especially in the areas of microhistory and regional history. His research work has been published inside and outside of Puerto Rico, standing out his book Los dibujos del progreso: el mundo caricaturesco de Filardi y la crítica al desarrollismo muñocista, 1950-1960 (The drawings of progress: the caricature world of Filardi and the critique of muñocista developmentalism, 1950-1960). He has published several essays about culture of music video in the 1980s. He has given lectures and has offered seminars about visual image studies in universities in Mexico, Spain and Colombia, highlighting the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.

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