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The Developing Room Working Group
Rutgers University

Friday, April 29, 2022
12:30–5:30pm (Eastern Time)

Online event via Zoom
Free and open to the public

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Please join us for the Developing Room’s Sixth Graduate Student Colloquium on the History and Theory of Photography. This event will feature presentations by four Ph.D. candidates who are working on dissertation topics in which photography—its histories and theories—plays a central role. Each presenter will give a 25-minute presentation on a chapter or a section from their dissertation, along with an account of how that chapter/section fits within their larger project, followed by 25 minutes of discussion. The Developing Room invites a large audience of faculty and students in order to ensure a rich conversation. In the past, our event has brought together an international group of researchers working across a wide range of topics related to photography.
The respondent will be Dr. Lori Cole, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director of the interdisciplinary master’s program XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement at New York University. At NYU she teaches courses on photography, experimental art and literature, global modernism, and print culture. She previously taught at Brandeis University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Cabinet, The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, and The Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, as well as in exhibition catalogues, most recently Surrealism Beyond Borders at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the author of Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines (Penn State University Press, 2018).

Schedule of Events in Eastern Time:

12:30  Introduction and Welcome, Prof. Andrés Zervigón, Rutgers University
12:45  Emmet von Stackelberg, Rutgers University
To Be Continued: Celluloid Film and Cinema as the Medium of the Future
1:15  Discussion
1:45  Claudio Monopoli, University of Padua, University Ca’ Foscari of Venezia, University of Verona
The agency of pornographic photography: visuality and obscenity in 19th and early 20th century Italian censorship nets
2:15  Discussion

2:45  Break (15 minutes)

3:00  Anna Stielau, New York University
How to Kill Your Parents: Art, Accountability, and Family Photography in Settler Time
3:30  Discussion

4:00  Paula Victoria Kupfer, University of Pittsburgh
Mata to floresta: Marc Ferrez’s Photographs and the Evolution of Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest
4:30  Discussion

5:00–5:30  General Discussion with Dr. Lori Cole, New York University
More information about the presenters, including their bios, paper titles, and abstracts, can be found on the event website at Please send any questions to

Organized by Sookyung "Vero" Chai, William Green, Julian Wong-Nelson, and Prof. Andrés Zervigón (Rutgers University).

Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University.