‘Locating Photography’ seeks to investigate the relationship between national paradigms and the apparently universal nature of the medium. What is at stake in insisting on or resisting the national paradigm? Why has it been so persistent, and can it continue to provide an adequate framework for understanding the history of the photographic medium in a global, digital age?
Possible topics include but need not be limited to:
Global language versus national histories.
Is there such a thing as a ‘national tradition’ in photography? How can it be theorised?
The changing role of the photojournalist: national, trans-national, international.
Photography and its institutions.
Nationalism and internationalism in photographic movements (e.g. the inter-war avantgarde)?
Photography and the national imaginary.
Proposals are invited for 30 minute papers related to the conference theme. Please send a 200-300 word abstract and your contact details by November 30, 2006 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in December 2006.
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