(CFP) The Left Conference, Photography and Film Criticism International Conference

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Call for Papers
June 21, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History
The Left Conference, Photography and Film Criticism
International Conference
Lisbon, 9-10 November 2018


The aim of the third edition of The Left Conference, Photography and Film Criticism is to debate the use of photographs and film from a leftist stance. In particular, to critical examine and explore the relation of documentary practices with political commitment in different historical circumstances throughout the twentieth century and the early twenty first century.

The seminar/conference together will take place at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon on 9 and 10 November 2018.

We invite paper submission of no more than 500 words abstract, followed by a short bio (200 words – including name and institution). The proposal can focus on photography and film related to:

  • the creation of documentary as a social and political weapon;
  • postcolonial representations and imagery;
  • women rights and feminist imagery;
  • avant-gardes and ideology claims;
  • the role of images in the leftist movements;
  • contemporary art practices and social and political criticism;
  • gender studies;
  • surveillance and the political;
  • Alan Sekula legacy and the political commitment with images.


Keynote speakers

David Bate (University of Westminster)
José Bragança de Miranda (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)



Please send your abstracts until 21 June 2018 to photographyandtheleft@gmail.com

Participants will be notified by early July and the conference program will be published in late September.



Paper Submission: free
Regular Registration: 70€
Student Registration: 45€





Call for papers (PDF)


Contact Info: 

For any inquiries, please contact the organising commitee