Panel to be held at the 2006 conference of the WAPACC Organization in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The conference is entitled "Constructions of Death, Mourning and Memory." Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20 minute conference papers. Please make your arguement easily defined within the abstract and highlight what you will discuss in the time given.
This panel seeks papers that critically engage photographers and theorists on the subject of photographing the deceased. Since the inception of photographic processes, the discourse on the medium has largely treated the ability of photography to represent lived experience. However, photographers have systematically sought after images of the dead, which abide by the same temporal exigencies that constrain representations of the lived moment. Largely documentary, but not without its artistic trappings, photographs of the dead emerged with the invention of photography and have permeated the disciple ever since the Crimean War was first captured by Roger Fenton. Papers for this panel may encompass any aspect of mortuary photography from studies on specific photographers or bodies of work to broader theme-based theses. Preference will be given to papers that incorporate photographic theory (or the lacunae therein) into an examination of constructions of death, mourning and memory.
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