This two-day international conference investigates the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. It questions how photographs are understood to mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes "Britishness" in national, local, imperial, colonial,
and postcolonial contexts. Papers cover a wide range of international perspectives from the nineteenth century
to today. The conference includes a panel discussion with practitioners, and delegates will be able to sign
up for break-out sessions in the Yale special collections.
The conference is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended. For full details of the
program and to register, visit britishart.yale.edu/conferences. Online registration is available from October 1
through November 2. Onsite registration will be available on both days of the conference. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 4
Keynote Lecture: Martin Parr
A Forty-Year Photographic Journey Through Great Britain
Martin Parr has taken photographs around the globe, but the one subject he continually returns to is Britain. In this talk he explains his journey from the early days of shooting black-and-white photographs in northern towns to his current project depicting the British establishment, in places like Oxford University and the City of London. He has photographed all social classes in all corners of the United Kingdom. His project is even more pertinent today, as the Union is set to potentially unravel in the coming years following the "Brexit" vote in summer 2016.
This conference is co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino.
Sarah Kraus, Yale Center for British Art, email@example.com