CFP: Archival Absences An Incomplete History of Photography (October 20)

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For the second time, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, and Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, invite emerging doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, working in the interdisciplinary field of theory and history of photography, to participate in and contribute to a photo-historical seminar. Next year’s topic is

Archival Absences
An Incomplete History of Photography

It will be organized and led by Tatjana Bartsch (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Elizabeth Otto (University at Buffalo), Johannes Röll (Bibliotheca Hertziana), and Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen) and is supported by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung, Essen.

Rome, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History
March 20–24, 2023

Deadline for applications: October 20, 2022
Here is a PDF of this call.

Photo-historical research engages a vast array of materials. Scholars working in this field grapple with photographic images of all kinds—from Nicéphore Niépce’s heliographs to the most recent digital imagery. They are attentive to technologies of photographic production and reproduction as well as to the discourses and practices that frame the images. In manifold ways, photo historians can feel lured by the richness of relevant production and tradition. In other words, photography as a medium is not only easily accessed by countless users for many purposes; from a scholarly point of view, it is also a medium that encompasses a mass of researchable resources, a sheer abundance of personal collections and institutional holdings so vast it might even threaten to overwhelm the scholar.

Categories: CFP
Keywords: archives