University of Oxford

History of Art Department

Conference: The Place of Photography

 

Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography

April 20–21, 2017

Department of History of Art, University of Oxford
Conference Venue: Christ Church, Oxford

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. We hope to make talks available online after the conference - please check this website for further information closer to the date of the conference.

This conference investigates photographs and photographic archives in relation to notions of place. In this context, place is used to explore both the physical location of a photograph or archive, as well as the place of photography as a discursive practice with regard to its value or significance as a method of viewing and conceiving the world. Photographs are mobile objects that can change their location over time, transported to diverse commercial, artistic, social, academic and scientific locations. The photograph’s physical location thus has an impact upon its value, function and significance; these topics are explored at the conference through a range of archives and across disciplines. How might the mobility of photographs open up thinking about archives and, in turn, classificatory structures in disciplines such as Art History, Archaeology and Anthropology, or in the Sciences? The conference also addresses questions of digital space, which renders the image more readily accessible, but complicates issues relating to location. What is the place, or value, of the photographic archive in the digital age?

The conference features internationally-renowned speakers, with a keynote lecture by Geoffrey Batchen and a final discussion led by Elizabeth Edwards. Site visits to Oxford’s outstanding photographic collections are also planned, including to the Bodleian Library’s Talbot Archive, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the History of Science Museum, the Griffith Institute’s archives of archaeological expeditions, and the History of Art Department’s Visual Resources Centre. 

The complete programme is available as a download here.

To download the conference poster, click here—please feel free to post.

The conference is convened by Geraldine Johnson (University of Oxford), Deborah Schultz (Regent’s University London), and Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz—Max-Planck-Institut). It is sponsored by the Kress Foundation, the John Fell Fund and the History Faculty’s Sanderson Fund at the University of Oxford, and Christ Church, Oxford. It is the sixth in the international Photo Archives conference series—for information on the series, click here.

Questions? Please contact the Conference Administrator at: photo.conference(at)hoa.ox.ac.uk

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