ANN: Photographs beyond Ruins - Women and Photography in Africa, Senate House, London, 14 July 2017

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Please find below the details of a one-day conference on women and photography in Africa at Senate House, University of London, on Friday 14 July. The programme includes papers from across Africa, including Mali, Nigeria and Cameroon, and covers both historical and contemporary issues. 

Registration for the conference is open at

There is also a concurrent photographic exhibition, running 14 July - 23 September, at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London. 'Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums, 1920s-1940s' will show an extraordinary collection of photographs collected and preserved by Old Location residents in Usakos, Namibia. 

The conference on 14 July is sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and the University of Basel.

Thanks and best wishes,

Marion Wallace


Photographs Beyond Ruins

Women and Photography in Africa

A one-day symposium at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Senate Room, Senate House, London

Friday 14 July 2017




9.30 Coffee and registration

10.00 Welcome


10.15 Panel 1: Photographic Essays and Conversations

Dora Carpenter-Latiri (University of Brighton)

‘Photographic Representations of Tunisian Women (50s to Present): From Family Archive to Fieldwork’

Juliana Kasumu (photographer)

‘From Moussor to Tignon: Hair, History and Heritage’

Biddy Partridge (photographer and musician)

‘Conversations with the Past: Some Collaborative Readings of Personal and Cultural Photographs from Southern Africa in the Eighties’

Anna Rocca (Salem State University, Salem, MA)

‘Tunisia: Héla Ammar’s Corridors. Human Dignity, Compassion and Self-Compassion’


12.15 Lunch


13.00 Panel 2: Rereading the (Colonial) Archive

John Aldridge (publisher and photographer) and Neil Parsons (historian)

‘The Photography of Mrs Mabel Bent at Great Zimbabwe, 1891’

Gwil Colenso (independent researcher)

‘Harriette Colenso, Ambassador and Campaigner for the Zulu People in Zululand, Natal, Cape Town, England and St Helena’

Fiona Loughnane (National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Maynooth University)

‘From Daughters to Sisters: Photography and the Institutional Narratives of the Little Sisters of St Francis’


14.30 Tea


15.00 Panel 3: Photography and Social Worlds

Tina Barouti (Boston University)

‘We Own the Night: Fatoumata Diabaté and Female Urban Youth Identity in West Africa’

Sophie Feyder (University of Leiden)

‘Negotiating Intimacy: Photography and Courtship in Black South African Townships, 1950s– 1960s’

Ewa Majczak (University of Oxford)

‘Mobile Images in (Im)mobile Social Worlds, Yaoundé (Cameroon)’

Oyedepo Olukotun (De Montfort University, Leicester)

‘The Critical Mass of Yoruba Women Photographers in Economics, Ethnography and History’


17.00 Closing remarks

Lorena Rizzo (Universities of Harvard and Bielefeld)


17.30 Close


All conference participants are invited to join a curators’ tour of the ‘Photographs Beyond Ruins’ exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, on Saturday 15 July at 10.30.

This programme is subject to change.


Sponsored by:

Centre for African Studies, University of Basel

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London


With support from:

Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London

College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton

Hutchins Center, Harvard University