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Word & Image is recruiting

Published in March, 2023

Word & Image,  published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, is currently undergoing a change in editorship as Dr. Michèle Hannoosh prepares to step down.


Dr. Catriona MacLeod will be the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board is now recruiting associate editors for the journal.


For more information, click here

Global Conversations: Materiality and Mediation 

Published in September, 2022

Join us this fall for the virtual symposium, Global Conversations: Materiality and Mediation, on October 4, 2022, organised by the Design History Society, the College Art Association, and IAWIS ! This event is free to attend and open to the public.


For more information, click here


Summer 2022 updates! 

Published in July, 2022

1) IAWIS Conference 2023 in Belo Horizonte: 30 sessions have been approved by the local scientific committee. The call for individual papers has been launched and is open until September 30. Congratulations to our colleagues for their hard work so far! The website and CFP can be found here.


2) “From my Window: Explorations in Texts and Images” is the title and theme of the IAWIS session at the next CAA Conference in New York (Feb 15-18 2023). The details can be found here. Do not hesitate to share! The deadline for submissions is August 31.


3) Last but not least, the project of a virtual symposium co-hosted by IAWIS and The Design History Society is taking shape. Here is the full description:


A virtual symposium, Global Conversations: Materiality and Mediation, will take place on October 4, 2022. It is organized by the College Art Association (CAA) and two of its international affiliated societies, the Design History Society and the International Association of Word and Image Studies. To register for the event, visit this page. The event will take place from 11 am to 1 pm Eastern time.


This global collaborative project brings together three intersecting constituencies — art and design, design history, word, and image studies — to examine how materiality and mediation intersect. Four participating scholars will present on the following topics, followed by Q&A and discussion. The event will be recorded and shared online following the event.


a. Mine Craft: Design Histories of Mining - Ellen Huang, Associate Professor of Art and Design History, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California Arden Stern, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Sciences, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA


b. Mediating the Meaning of Textiles through Exhibition Displays in Israel, 1950s-1970s - Noga Bernstein, Marie-Sklodowska Curie Visiting Researcher, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


c. Made in Japan: Development of the Poster Medium in Japanese Commercial Art and Design - Nozomi Naoi, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Yale-NUS College, Singapore Erin Shoneveld, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of Visual Studies, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania


d. “Tavolino di gioie”: The Mediation of Material Techniques in Later Cinquecento Hardstone Inlaid Tables - Wenyi Qian, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, University of Toronto, Toronto

Compte rendu des actes du congrès de Lausanne (2017) 

Published in June, 2022

Jan Baetens, membre de l'Advisory Board de notre association, vient de publier un compte rendu des actes du très beau congrès de Lausanne dans la revue Image [&] Narrative. Voici une version du texte en format pdf. Bonne lecture !

13th International Conference // Call for session proposals 

Published in March, 2022

We are delighted to release the Call for Session Proposals (voir ici pour la version française) for the 13th International Conference (voir ici pour la version française) of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS/AIERTI), to be hosted at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from August 28 - September 1, 2023. The theme of the conference is Sedimentation: Towards an archeology of word and image, a topic closely linked to the region of Minas Gerais, and one that will undoubtedly illuminate numerous aspects of word-image relations. This is a call for sessions; the call for individual papers will follow.

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Support to war victims / Soutien aux victimes de la guerre 

Published in March, 2022

As an affiliated member, IAWIS unreservedly supports the declaration on the war in Ukraine published by FILLM (International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures). We wish to express our solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, as well as with all those who are suffering from its consequences, directly or indirectly, in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere. The current situation in Europe and internationally is a matter of serious concern. In previous circumstances, as in the opening speeches of the Humanities Summer schools that were set up in partnership with the International Swiss School of Paris and other Higher Education institutions, we have stressed the importance of protecting our institutions as spaces of open discussion. They should allow constructive disagreement and debate based on peaceful cooperation, mutual respect and freedom of speech.


En tant que membre de FILLM (the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures), IAWIS / AIERTI s'associe à la déclaration qui vient d'être diffusée par nos collègues au sujet de la guerre en Ukraine. Nous manifestons notre solidarité à toutes les victimes de ce conflit, ainsi qu'à celles et ceux qui, de manière plus ou moins directe en fonction des contextes, sont en train d'en payer les conséquences, en Ukraine, en Russie et ailleurs. Nous sommes inquiets pour l'actualité politique européenne - et mondiale. Comme cela a été le cas dans d'autres circonstances (nous pensons par exemple aux discours d'ouverture des Universités d'été en Lettres et Sciences Humaines, mises en place il y a quelques années en collaboration avec l'Ecole Suisse Internationale de Paris et plusieurs établissements d'enseignement supérieur français), nous revendiquons une fois de plus l'importance de faire des espaces institutionnels qui sont les nôtres des lieux de débat, où les désaccords ne peuvent qu'être productifs, dans la mesure où leur expression est pacifique et fondée sur le respect, ainsi que la liberté de pensée et d'expression de chacun.


Launch of Performing Water - an intermedial and multimedia project 

Published in March, 2022

Following our discussions on the themes of water and sea in word and image that we explored at the IAWIS/AIERTI conference last summer, we invite our members to explore this recently launched Intermedial and multimedia project, Performing Water, which aims to study how theatre, art, and the performing arts engage with water in its myriad forms. On the website, you can find information about their Zoom seminar series, as well as a research platform with references, resources and artworks.

Visit the website Performing Water

Compte rendu - Entre La Lettre et l'image 

Published in February, 2022

In this review, Natalie Roelens (our Luxembourg conference organizer), evaluates a recent publication of writings by Francis Édeline (edited by Juliana Di Fiori Pondian). Entre la lettre et l’image ( 2020) includes essays by Édeline on iconotextes, on intersemiotic works that highlight the reciprocity of word and image. Édeline's analyses are grounded in questions of optics, perception and readability, and discuss numerous word-image relationships, from monograms to semiotic poetry to hand-written alphabets. In particular, Édeline focusses on the ways in which writing is an “almost-image” or an image-in-the-making (le devenir-dessin de l’écriture). Roelens describes Édeline’s work as nuanced, rigorous and jubilant and notes that it deserves a place in the classic theoretical works on word-image relations. 

Read the review here

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Published in January 2022


Two forthcoming volumes of the journal Interfaces, available on OpenEdition, will bring together written articles and video essays that explore the ways in which the production, circulation and reception of images today involves “rescaling” the visible, and, by extension, our experience of the visible, in increasingly radical ways. The two volumes will seek to explore the epistemic, philosophical, social, political, technological, and aesthetic implications of this phenomenon, both in contemporary visual culture and in its histories. (Read more)

Colloque : Caricatures et culture numérique 

Published in January 2022

Programme du colloque : cliquez ici


Du 3 au 5 février 2022


Université de Lausanne - Bâtiment Antropole 2024

Lien zoom du colloque sur inscription à l'adresse suivante :

‘In Between and Across: New Directions, Mappings and Contact Zones 

Published in August 2021


Trinity College, Dublin 


 1-2-3 September 2022 


Organising Committee 

Prof Clodagh Brook (TCD), Dr Cecilia Brioni (TCD) 


Scientific Council 

Prof Clodagh Brook (TCD), Prof Florian Mussgnug (UCL), Prof Giuliana Pieri (RHUL), Dr Marco Bellardi (TCD), Dr Cecilia Brioni (TCD), Dr Eleonora Lima (TCD), Dr Adele Bardazzi (TCD), Dr Emanuela Patti (University of Edinburgh) 

Keynote addresses 

The conference will showcase 3 keynote addresses by: 

·        Marion Schmid, Professor of French Literature and Film, University of Edinburgh.  

·        Nicola Camerlenghi, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College. 

·        Ravi Sundaram, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. 


Conference Description 

The 6th conference of the International Society for Intermedial Studies focuses on concepts of ‘inbetweenness’ and ‘moving across’. These two spatial metaphors capture the tension between stasis and fluidity that underlies all intermediality. The need to map these shifting spaces, to chart directions, and to see where, and how, these inbetween zones connect to other neighbouring spaces has become critical. Intermedial ‘inbetweenness’ is now a mainstream, rather than marginal, phenomenon, and, as academic disciplines themselves become more fluid, this is an exciting time to explore and re-explore this territory together during this conference.  


We invite contributions in the following categories, which address, but are not limited to, the topics outlined below.  More detailed context and questions can be found on the full CfP online (See below) 

·        Inbetween and across disciplines  

·        Inbetween and across geographies, ecologies and cultures  

·        Inbetween and across arts.  

·        Inbetween and across technologies 


Key Dates 

15 January 2022: Deadline for panel submissions. 

1 February 2022: Deadline for paper submissions. 

1 February 2022: Deadline for roundtables and workshops submissions 


All submissions should be sent to the e-mail address by the relevant deadline 

Notification of acceptance will be communicated on 1 March 2022.  


The full CFP is available here

More details of how to submit proposals and papers can be found here

Please note that we strongly support equality, diversity and inclusivity across all elements of this conference. 

Check here the conference’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy. 

Sixième congrès de l'ISIS 

Published on July 10th, 2021

Le sixième congrès de ISIS (International Society for Intermedial Studies) se tiendra à Trinity College, Dublin, du 1er au 3 septembre 2022 (dates à confirmer).

Le titre du congrès est "Inbetweeness and Moving across".


Les questions abordées seront articulées autour de différents axes thématiques :

Inbetween and across disciplines ;

Inbetween and across geographies and cultures ;

Inbetween and across arts ;

Inbetween and across technologies.


Plus d'informations seront diffusées au mois d'août.

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12th International Conference ... and beyond ! 

Published in February, 2022

As 2022 gets underway, it's nice to look back at the bright moments of 2021. Thanks to the wonderful (and adaptable!) organizing team of Natalie Roelens, Marie Adam, Armand Erchadi, and others at the Université de Luxembourg, IAWIS/AIERTI enjoyed a stimulating week of panels and artistic events at our 12th International Conference "Water and Sea in Word and Image."


Despite being virtual, the exchanges were dynamic and convivial. The conference closed with the announcement that our 2023 conference will be held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from August 28-September 1 2023.


The theme will be Sediments: Towards a Word and Image Archeology / Sédiments : vers une archéologie du texte et de l’image. Stay tuned for more details.

12th International Conference postponed 

Published on April 28, 2021

Restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that IAWIS/AIERTI is postponing its 12th International Conference to July 12-16th 2021 in Luxembourg.


Please see the updated website for more information:


Wishing you all a safe and productive spring and summer.

Nouvelles de la revue Interfaces Image Texte Langage 

Published on January 20, 2021

Interfaces on OpenEdition! (English version, French below)

The bilingual (English/French) journal Interfaces Image Texte Language is now available on OpenEdition. Its new website was published on December 15th, 2020:​


Interfaces was created in 1991 by Michel Baridon at the University of Burgundy, and published 38 annual issues on paper before moving online in 2017. The journal was first hosted by an online incubator for the University of Burgundy (PREO) and became biannual in 2018. Its editorial policy is to promote open access, and the journal has received funds from the InSHS (government agency associated with the Humanities) to digitize the first 38 volumes currently only available on paper. This work should be completed in 2021 and will be made available on the Persée website.


A joint publication of College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France – Centre interlangues – Texte, Image, Langage – TIL EA4182) and the University of Paris (France – Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones – LARCA UMR8225), Interfaces features work on intermediality, the relationship between text and image, literature and art, or history and its visual sources, as well as the history of art and the epistemology of images, from a comparative standpoint in the French- and English-speaking worlds. It welcomes proposals for special issues from potential guest editors, particularly themes dealing with contemporary theory.

Interfaces sur OpenEdition ! (Version française)

La revue bilingue anglais/français Interfaces Image Texte Language est désormais sur OpenEdition. Son nouveau site a été inauguré le 15 décembre 2020 :​


Créée en 1991 par Michel Baridon à l’Université de Bourgogne, Interfaces a publié 38 numéros annuels format papier jusqu’en 2017 lorsqu’elle est passée en ligne. Hébergée par la pépinière de revues PREO (MSH de l’Université de Bourgogne), elle est devenue semestrielle en 2018. Elle participe au mouvement de l’open access et reçoit à ce titre le soutien de l’InSHS. En 2021 sa mutation numérique s’achèvera avec la rétro-conversion des volumes 1 à 38 qui seront diffusés sur le portail Persée.


Publiée conjointement par le College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), l’Université de Bourgogne (Centre interlangues – Texte, Image, Langage – TIL EA4182) et l’Université de Paris (Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones – LARCA UMR8225)  Interfaces est consacrée aux études sur l’intermédialité, aux relations entre texte(s) et image(s), littérature et art, histoire et sources visuelles, ainsi qu’à l’histoire des arts visuels et plastiques et à l’épistémologie des images, dans une perspective comparative entre domaines francophone et anglophone. Elle accueille les projets de publication de rédacteurs invités et privilégie les thématiques tournées vers les avancées théoriques contemporaines.

Call for conference hosts – IAWIS/AIERTI 2023 and 2026 

Published on May 19, 2019

(English version, French below)

The IAWIS/AIERTI Executive Board is soliciting proposals from potential hosts for the 2023 and the 2026 versions of our international triennial conference.


As the last two conferences were held in Europe, Lausanne 2017 and Luxemburg 2020, it would be ideal to hold one of these upcoming conferences in a country situated across the Atlantic.


Proposals should include a description of the conference theme, along with a few paragraphs providing information on the venue and its facilities for hosting ~250 participants, your organizing team, your strategy for maintaining English-French bilingualism, possible excursions, and possible sources of funding.


Contact : Liliane Louvel & Laurence Roussillon-Constanty

(Version française)

Le Comité exécutif de IAWIS/AIERTI lance un appel à propositions concernant les futurs congrès en 2023 ou en 2026. 


Les deux derniers congrès s’étant déroulés en Europe, à Lausanne 2017, et le prochain à Luxembourg 2020, il serait bienvenu de tenir l’un des prochains congrès dans un pays d’accueil Outre-Atlantique.

Veuillez nous envoyer une description du thème du colloque, ainsi que quelques paragraphes précisant le lieu et son infrastructure pour accueillir environ 250 participants, votre équipe, votre stratégie pour maintenir le bilinguisme français-anglais, des excursions possibles, et des sources possibles de financement.


Contact : Liliane Louvel & Laurence Roussillon-Constanty

IAWIS/AIERTI Dundee volume now out 

Published on February 1, 2019

Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery, Brill/Rodopi (Word and Image Interactions, volume 9), edited by Keith Williams, Sophie Aymes, Jan Baetens and Chris Murray is now available at


Art and Science in Word and Image investigates the theme of ‘riddles of form’, exploring how discovery and innovation have functioned inter-dependently between art, literature and the sciences.


Using the impact of evolutionary biologist D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form on Modernist practices as springboard into the theme, contributors consider engagements with mysteries of natural form in painting, photography, fiction, etc., as well as theories about cosmic forces, and other fields of knowledge and enquiry. Hence the collection also deals with topics including cultural inscriptions of gardens and landscapes, deconstructions of received history through word and image artworks and texts, experiments in poetic materiality, graphic re-mediations of classic fiction, and textual transactions with animation and photography.


Contributors are: Dina Aleshina, Márcia Arbex, Donna T. Canada Smith, Calum Colvin, Francis Edeline, Philippe Enrico, Étienne Février, Madeline B. Gangnes, Eric T. Haskell, Christina Ionescu, Tim Isherwood, Matthew Jarron, Philippe Kaenel, Judy Kendall, Catherine Lanone, Kristen Nassif, Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira, Eric Robertson, Frances Robertson, Cathy Roche-Liger, David Skilton, Melanie Stengele, Barry Sullivan, Alice Tarbuck, Frederik Van Dam.

IAWIS Triennial Conference 2020 

Published on January 10, 2019

(English version, French below)


Please see the conference website for news and updates:

Water and Sea in Word and Image,

University of Luxembourg, July 5th – 10th, 2020


In an era in which water scarcity is threatening us all and the mainland is affected even in the depths of its epicenter by what is happening on its shores, it seems of great importance to propose a subject both acutely topical and strongly tied to the collective imagination. In Alessandro Baricco’s novel Ocean sea (1993), the fictional character Plasson paints the sea with seawater. This emblematic scene sums up our topic to some extent: water is difficult to grasp and yet concerns us more and more. Shapeless, still waiting to be defined, it even resists any effort of conceptualization. Putting water and the sea into words and into images is not obvious, represents a real discursive and plastic challenge and is therefore particularly likely to call into question the relationship between text and image. Due to its rhythm “without measure” (Deleuze & Guattari, 1980), water as an element transcends Lessing’s dichotomy between arts of time and arts of space (see Louvel, 2002). The water’s unspeakable nature does not coincide with its invisible essence. Yet, literary and plastic narratives constitute an actual semiosphere with, at its borders, an area where the semiotic links are violated (Lotman, 1966), the realm of the unstable, the arbitrary, the unaccountable.


Located at the heart of the European continent – however tightly interconnected with its periphery –, cradle of the siren Melusine, territory boasting its natural springs and its balneology, Luxembourg seems to be the appropriate place to host a world congress on this subject.

(Version française)


Nous vous invitons à consulter le site du congrès pour des mises à jour:

L’eau et la mer dans les textes et les images,

Université du Luxembourg, 5-10 juillet 2020


À une époque où la pénurie d’eau guette et où le continent est affecté même au fin fond de son épicentre par ce qui se passe sur ses rives, il nous a semblé urgent de proposer ce sujet à la fois chargé d’imaginaire et d’une actualité brûlante. Dans le roman Océan mer de Alessandro Baricco (1993), le peintre fictif Plasson peint la mer avec de l’eau de mer. Cette scène emblématique résume en quelque sorte notre thématique : l’eau est un élément difficile à cerner et pourtant nous concerne de plus en plus. Informe, il est toujours en attente d’être défini, voire résiste à tout effort de conceptualisation. La mise en discours et la mise en images de l’eau et de la mer ne vont pas de soi, relèvent d’un réel défi discursif et plastique et s’avèrent dès lors particulièrement susceptibles de remettre en question les rapports entre texte et image. De par son rythme « sans mesure » (Deleuze & Guattari, 1980), l’élément aquatique transcende la dichotomie entre arts du temps et arts de l’espace introduite par Lessing (cf. Louvel, 2002). L’indicible de l’eau n’est pas son invisible. Et pourtant, les investissements littéraires ou plastiques (histoires d’eau…) forment une véritable sémiosphère avec, à sa périphérie, une zone de « violation des liens sémiotiques » (Lotman, 1966), le règne de l’instable, de l’arbitraire, de l’inexplicable.


Le Luxembourg, pays au centre du continent européen – mais l’on sait combien le centre se porte bien si la périphérie est saine –, fief de la sirène Mélusine, territoire qui se glorifie de ses sources naturelles et de son thermalisme, nous semble le lieu approprié pour accueillir un congrès mondial autour de cette thématique.

L’École d’été de l’École Suisse Internationale est un de nos partenaires 

Published on October 9, 2017

Merci à notre membre Guido Furci!

Ecole d’été interuniversitaire en Lettres et Sciences Humaines 2017

Etablissement d’enseignement supérieur, l’Ecole Suisse Internationale est heureuse d’avoir pu accueillir une promotion constituée de 16 étudiants dans le cadre de la deuxième édition de son école d’été interuniversitaire en Lettres et Sciences Humaines. Le programme de cette Summer School avait été établi, d’une part, en collaboration avec des enseignants-chercheurs de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, de l’Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, de l’Université de Montpellier et de l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise, d’autre part, grâce à l’aimable soutien de L’Intermède ( et du IAWIS/AIERTI (

Tout comme en 2016, l’objectif de ce programme était d’offrir à un public aussi vaste et hétérogène que possible l’occasion d’améliorer sa maîtrise de la langue française, d’explorer de nouveaux champs disciplinaires en sciences humaines, de découvrir autrement la réalité socioculturelle française et son patrimoine, d’échanger avec des universitaires français ou étrangers résidant en France. Cours de langue le matin, tables rondes et ateliers thématiques l’après-midi, sorties culturelles le soir, promenades citadines et dégustations le week-end, autant dire que l’emploi du temps a été chargé ! Notons que l’ouverture d’esprit, le parcours intellectuel et la sensibilité de chacun des étudiants composant cette « sélection internationale » – neuf nationalités représentées : Afghanistan, Bulgarie, Chine, Italie, Palestine, Russie, Somalie, Soudan, Syrie – ont notablement favorisé les échanges interculturels, nourri les débats et donné lieu à des discussions qui ont rapidement dépassé le cadre des activités de l’école d’été à proprement parler. Toute l’équipe d’organisation a salué le sérieux et l’enthousiasme avec lesquels les participants se sont investis dans cette expérience riche et inoubliable !

Nous tenons tout particulièrement à remercier ici les associations MIGRENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) et ETISSON (Université Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle) avec lesquelles nous avons eu la chance de collaborer depuis un an. Persuadés que la connaissance, l’activité culturelle et le partage linguistique sont nécessaires à la construction de relations humaines égalitaires, ces deux collectifs – constitués de professeurs d’université, chercheurs et étudiants de tous horizons – ont ouvert un Programme d’Etudiants Invités offrant des cours de français langue étrangère aux demandeurs d’asile, réfugiés et migrants, dans le but notamment de les accompagner dans une reprise d’études en France. Or, afin de poursuivre le travail entamé ensemble, nous avons pu établir un partenariat grâce auquel nous avons eu la chance d’accueillir parmi nos candidats estivaux quelques uns des étudiants de ces deux programmes.

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