PHRC Annual Conference 2016

Photography: Between Anthropology and History

 Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

20-21 June 2016

Keynote speakers:

Professor Steve Edwards (Open University, UK)
Dr Wayne Modest (National Museum for World Cultures, Leiden, The Netherlands)
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On the occasion of Professor Elizabeth Edwards’ retirement, the 2016 PHRC Annual International Conference will address themes from her complex and wide ranging scholarship on the cultural work of current and historical social photographic practices. Thus, Photography: Between Anthropology and History aims to showcase scholarship driven by engagements with research methodologies that informed the material and ethnographic turns in the study of photographic history, and opened up a variety of innovative critical spaces for the re/consideration of photography and its history.

We welcome applications from all disciplines and career stages, and would like to invite abstracts for 20 minute papers on topics such as, the colonial-era photographic image, photographic museum practices, photography’s printed ephemera, the sociability of photographic knowledge, its development and dynamics of exchange, and the local, national or trans-national photographic imagination. Applicants might also consider different subject matters, related but not limited to the following themes:

  • Photography and anthropology
  • Photography in historical studies
  • Photography and geography
  • Photographic collections
  • Photographic ethnographies
  • Photography and material culture
  • Historiography of the social history of photography
  • Photographic practice and social as well as technical change

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to: by the 20th of January 2016. We will inform you within two weeks from this date whether your application has been successful.