Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, November 6-8, 2008.
Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2008
According to recent scholarship, vernacular photographs are everything that the art photograph is not: repetitive, highly conventional, and frequently made by anonymous hands. As such, vernacular photographs challenge the concepts of originality and authorship that are fundamental to art history. Yet many vernaculars, among them postcards, snapshots and photographic albums, are now considered legitimate objects of art historical study. How has the inclusion of these conceptually unruly, “rogue” photographs transformed the way art history is thought and practised? Has it encouraged an expansion of the discipline’s borders or will vernacular photographs eventually be pushed out, relegated to the field of “visual culture”? This session welcomes papers that address, either theoretically or in the form of case studies, the ambiguous disciplinary standing of vernacular photography.
Send 300-word abstracts to:
Sharon Murray & Zoë Tousignant, Ph.D. candidates, Concordia University
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