This second workshop in a series devoted to photography and national identity will question the way in which landscape as represented through the specificities of the photographic medium may participate in the construction of contemporary American and British national identities.
At crossroads between visual arts, geographical and cultural studies or art history, this interdisciplinary workshop will show how photography works on the landscape or with the landscape, using it as a backdrop and more deliberately as a screen upon which the history of a nation, its dreams and aspirations are projected. What is the power of the image in framing the nation? Why and how are some landscape images so powerfully associated to certain nations exclusively, to the point that they become metonymies of these nations? What is photography’s role in articulating, maintaining, symbolizing, strengthening or perhaps fragmenting the nation’s cohesion?
If a lot has been written about the way landscape has being appropriated by the nations while at the same time informing national identities in the past centuries, little has yet been written on how images reflect contemporary evolutions or preserve stable values of the nations as they shape landscapes and are shaped by them.
We welcome 300-word abstracts in English to be sent together with a short biographical note via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Deadline for submission: December 15, 2013.
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