Humankind imaginative tension has always been orieted towards the conquest of images able in the first place to represent it, to map the indefinite territory of its nature and essence. It is through these imaginative cartographies that the humankind has looked, without any success, for some pathways leading to the real self. The existential question “who am I?” has cyclically shown how a map is not a territory. Still, this identitary wandering is what has transfigured humankind via a genuine pluriverse of images cast from social and historically determined Weltanshauungen. Thanks to these, being the only animal to be ashamed of its own body, humankind has per-formed its nature with the skin of culture and has become the flesh of its images through body technologies, clothes, jewelry, make-up, tatooes, body piercing etc. During these processes, images of the human are embodied, interpreted and deformed till they go back to the instability of an identitary human void. From this, an imaginative ecosystem between mind and body, inner and outer, individual and society was born generating an ongoing becoming flux. Our tradition of thought has provoked a significant variation in this ecosystem of images of the human. From Modernity onwards, the life of the images of the human has started to secularize, to be geometric following a prospective plan already originating in the Humanism. Indeed, the aesthetic forms of the modern age do nothing but convey images of men and women organized following a teleological and not theological vanishing point. Humankind is not anymore God’s own image and likeness but the image and likeness of human’s will to power. Human creatural image gives way to a co-presence of the human as creator and created, homo creator and homo materia along a path still be to explored.

Moving from this constellation of meanings and through transdisciplinary approaches, the aim of Im@go n.12 is to understand how images of humankind are produced by:

  • the archetypic dimension entailed by the images of the human;
  • social utopia and dystopia;
  • the logic of market production and consumption;
  • anthropocentric and ethnocentric perspectives;
  • scientific knowledge;
  • bio-technological modellings of the human;
  • the dualism animal/human;
  • the semantic area building the complementary axis female/male;
  • medial products and exchanges;
  • symbolic and aesthetic universes of our daily life (fashion, art, pop-culture, sub-culture etc.);
  • the religious dimension;
  • representations thickening around self-care.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: September , 3th, 2018
Communication to the authors: September 10th, 2018
Deadline for submission of papers: October, 22th, 2018
Referees communications: November, 12th, 2018
Deadline for submission of final revision: November, 26th, 2018
Proposals may be submitted in Italian, English, Spanish and French, and sent simultaneously to:; valentina.grassi @ ; marzop @