AccueilTowards a social history of photoliterature and the photobook

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Publié le vendredi 13 octobre 2017 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

This international seminar brings together researchers working on photography and the book with interdisciplinary approaches, connecting the aesthetic and material dimensions of the photobook with social, economic and political perspectives.

Annonce

Seminar at the Maison Française d’Oxford 2017-2018

Argument

This international seminar brings together researchers working on photography and the book with interdisciplinary approaches, connecting the aesthetic and material dimensions of the photobook with social, economic and political perspectives.

Whilst the scope of the seminar encompasses general aspects of “photography and literature” — such as photographically illustrated fiction, writers’ portraits, the use of photographic activities, products or metaphors in writing — the primary theme of the seminar is the history and current state of the photobook. The aim is to encourage and disseminate research on its social history, its physical forms (including digital), its relations with the art market/bibliophile market, its networks of production, circulation, readership, as well as its engagement with race, whiteness, colonialism, gender and sexuality, and, where pertinent, its ethnographic methods.

Since the end of the economic model that allowed photojournalism to flourish in periodicals over the course of the twentieth century, photographers have increasingly resorted to alternative spaces, and most notably the book. Since the well-distributed publication of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History (2004), interest in photographers’ books has increased dramatically at auction houses, and the question of “value” has become insistent and complex. Book studies, anthropology, sociology, comparative literature, history of art… different disciplines can help shed light on the social meanings of photobooks, hence the need for an interdisciplinary seminar.

The schedule of talks is fixed and published at the beginning of each term.

Convenor

Convened by Paul Edwards (MFO / CNRS / LARCA)

Programme

Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. (tea is served at 5 p.m.)

Michaelmas term 2017

25 October : Introduction to the seminar

  • Paul Edwards (MFO), “Towards a social history of the literary photobook and contemporary documentary bookart
  • Hermann Wittenberg (University of the Western Cape): “Coetzee and Photography

8 November : Photography in and out of the book

  • Terry Hale (University of Hull), “W.G. Sebald and Georges Rodenbach” 

22 November : Photographic bookart

  • Dennis Duncan (Darwin College, Cambridge), “Photographic Constraints: Georges Perec, Joachim Schmidt and Elisabeth Tonnard
  • Rebecca Varley-Winter (Clare College, Cambridge), “Joanna Newsom’s Divers, and Kim Keever

Lieux

  • Maison Française d'Oxford - 2-10 Norham Road
    Oxford, Grande-Bretagne (OX2 6SE)

Dates

  • mercredi 25 octobre 2017
  • mercredi 08 novembre 2017
  • mercredi 22 novembre 2017
  • mercredi 31 janvier 2018
  • mercredi 07 février 2018
  • mercredi 21 février 2018
  • mercredi 07 mars 2018
  • mercredi 02 mai 2018
  • mercredi 16 mai 2018
  • mercredi 30 mai 2018
  • mercredi 13 juin 2018

Source de l'information

  • Laureline Meizel
    courriel : laureline [dot] meizel [at] gmail [dot] com

Pour citer cette annonce

« Towards a social history of photoliterature and the photobook », Séminaire, Calenda, Publié le vendredi 13 octobre 2017, http://calenda.org/417974