A three day conference exploring the shifting roles that phenomenology can play in the inquiry and understanding of the photographic condition: image, act and event.
Exposures: Photography at the Gate of Phenomenology
An international conference organized by the Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University and the Shpilman Institute for Photography, June 2-4, 2013
The conference aims at creating a dialogue between photography-theory and phenomenology, a dialogue that is crucially missing in contemporary thinking about photography and its layered intersections with basic dimensions of human experience: subjectivity and the intersubjective, affectivity, temporality and embodiment, visuality, virtuality and the invisible.
Up until Barthes's Camera Lucida(1981), the photographic image has remained in the margins of the concerns of phenomenologists including those for whom the question of the image was central (e.g., Sartre, Merleau-Ponty). This has not changed much after Barthes. And, while photography has indeed received some attention by post-phenomenological thinkers (such as Derrida or Nancy), it has never become central to their thought on images, the condition of the visual or the space of meaning. In a corollary manner, phenomenology, in itself, was not recognized by the consistently developing theoretical discourse on photography as a potential source of insight or as having an appeal in providing methodological tools for understanding the complex relationship between photography and human everydayness. Our aim in the conference is to take the first steps in exploring the possibilities and the limits of phenomenology through its encounter with the multifaceted phenomenon of photography.
How can phenomenology contribute today to the understanding of the place of the photographic in the contemporary life-world? What kind of challenge does photography pose to phenomenology? What is the relevance of Barthes today? What can phenomenology teach us about the ontology of the digital image? What are the modalities of the contemporary photographic gaze and how are they connected the matrix of relations that constitute everyday experience? What are photography's invisibles and how can photography uncover phenomenology's blind spots?
Program will be announced shortly. For further inquiries, contact conference organizers:
Hagi Kenaan, Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orna Raviv, Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, email@example.com
Emmanuel Aloa, University of St Galen, Switzerland
Michal Ben-Naftali, Tel-Aviv University, IL
David Campany, University of Westminster, UK
Mauro Carbone, University of Lyon, France
Ed Casey, SUNY, StoneyBrook, USA
Chan-Fai Cheung, University of Hong Kong, China
Eran Dorfman, Tel-Aviv University, IL
Ilit Ferber, Tel-Aviv University, IL
Veronique Foti, Penn State University, USA
Eli Friedlander, Tel-Aviv University, IL
Wayne Froman, George Mason University, USA
Hagi Kenaan, Tel-Aviv University, IL
Haim Luski, Tel Aviv University, IL
Vered Maimon, Tel-Aviv University, IL
Orna Raviv, Tel Aviv University, IL.
Ruth Ronen, Tel Aviv University, IL.
Meir Wigoder, Sapir College, IL.
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