We are pleased to announce a new publication Uncertain Images: Museums and the Work of Photographs, edited by PHRC Director Professor Elizabeth Edwards and Professor Sigrid Lien (University of Bergen). With contributions from both academics and curators, this is the first extended consideration of the ubiquitous use of photographs in different sorts of museums – from anthropology to the military. Almost all museums use photographs in their displays and in their collections management, yet despite some three decades of critical museology and photographic theory, this everyday practice in museums has received almost no critical attention – until now.
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Call for Papers
The 2015 PHRC Annual International Conference will address the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the engagements with photographs, both influential and banal, are through print, whether in newspapers, books, magazines or advertising. We would like to consider what are the practices of production and consumption? What are the affects of design and materiality? How does the photograph in print present a new dynamic of photography’s own temporal and spatial qualities? In addition, photography can be said to be ‘made’ through the printed page and ‘print communities’. What is the significance of photography’s own robust journal culture in the reproduction of photographic values? How has photographic history been delivered through the printed page? What are the specific discourses of photography in the print culture of disciplines as diverse as history and art history, science and technology?
Photography in Print continues the theme of previous PHRC conferences, which have explored photographic business practices and flows of photographic knowledge. We would, therefore, like to invite abstracts for papers on these important themes of photography in print. We welcome papers not only on the printed media itself but also on its contextualising processes (e.g. techniques, reception, work practices, design and social impacts). We also welcome interdisciplinary studies from, for example science, history, anthropology, and mass-media. Papers might consider the following key topics but, of course, are not limited to them:
- Photographic Press
- Journals and Magazines
- Photographic Books
- Writing about Photography (historiography)
- Photography’s printed ephemera
- Printed photographs and social as well as technical change
Papers are welcome from all career stages. The PHRC can offer three small bursaries of £100 to help Ph.D. students with travel and accommodation expenses. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you would like to be considered.
Abstracts of no more than 200-300 words should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st 2014.
The Society for Visual Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 has been awarded to Elizabeth Edwards. Professor Edwards is currently Research Professor of Photographic History and Director of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, (UK).