Conference: Photo Archives VII: The Majority World (Florence, 24 – 25 October 2019)

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Organized by Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

 

The archive has become an object of sustained historical and theoretical investigation in recent years. The anthropological turn in photographic criticism has opened up new directions for the analysis and understanding of photo archives that complement and dialogue with more traditional Art Historical approaches focused on photographs as images; it has helped direct this growing interest towards the materiality of the photograph as object, and its social and institutional lives that unfold very often within the archival ecosystem. At the same time, an ever-increasing number of scholars, artists and curators are addressing the neglected histories and practices of photography beyond the borders of Europe and Northamerica. This conference aims to build upon these developments and reorientations, and to attend to issues of critical importance for photo archives from the part of the world that Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has so aptly referred to as the "majority world.!

 " The conference will be the seventh in the series "Photo Archives," a series that helped over a number of years to establish an international network of photo archive scholars and archive professionals, and to stimulate a dialogue between academics and archivists.

 

Papers will engage with the historical, social, institutional and theoretical aspects of photo archives in conceptually and critically innovative ways, moving beyond primarily descriptive accounts of the evolution or contents of particular archives, or a restricted preoccupation with archiving technologies and procedures. Contributions will combine a focus on case studies with a broader theoretical and cultural scope, a diversity of critical approaches and disciplinary range. We hope the conference will provide a meeting place for a truly international community for individuals and institutions committed not only to a better understanding of photo archives, but to exploring their epistemological potentials and to developing international dialogues and strategies that can ensure sustainable and creative futures for these archives.

 

NO-FEE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Please send an email to akkasah@nyu.edu specifying for which panel or day you wish to register. The seats are limited and registration will be on a first come first serve basis.

   

    

PROGRAM

 

Thursday, 24 October 2019

 

9:00–9:15am Coffee & Registration

 

9:15–9:30am                    

Opening & Welcoming Remarks

Shamoon Zamir, NYUAD

Costanza Caraffa, KHI

               

9:30–10:00am                 

Keynote

Shahidul Alam, Drik Picture Library & Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

               

10:00–10:30am

Discussion

               

10:30–10:45am Coffee Break

               

     

10:45–11:55am               

PANEL I

Chair: Shamoon Zamir, NYUAD

 

10:45–11:10am               

Changing Contexts, Challenging amnesia: Rosângela Rennó's Rio-Montevideo Deborah Schultz, Regent's University

 

11:10–11:35am               

Escaping the Colonial Archive: The Itinerancy ofamadou Bamba's Portrait

Giulia Paoletti, University of Virginia      

 

11:35–11:55am               

Discussion

 

12:00–1:00pm

Tour of Villa La Pietra (for speakers only)

               

1:00–2:30pm                   

Lunch, Villa Sassetti

    

   

2:30–3:40pm

PANEL II                              

Chair: Costanza Caraffa, KHI                      

 

2:30–2:55pm                   

One Migrant, Many Archives: The Japanese and Guatemalan Collections of the Photographic Work of Yasu Kohei/Juan José de Jesús Yas Ping-Heng Chen, Heidelberg University

 

2:55–3:20pm                   

Gleaning in the Archives: A Transnational Approach to Imaging and Palestine

Sary Zananiri, Leiden University               

 

3:20–3:40pm Discussion             

                              

3:40–4:00pm                   

Coffee Break    

                              

    

4:00–5:45pm                   

PANEL III            

Chair: Özge Calafato, NYUAD & University ofamsterdam

               

4:00–4:25pm                   

An International Collection of 1 Million Photographs: Diários Associados Rio de Janeiro Rodrigo Porto Bozzetti, Instituto Moreira Salles

 

4:25–4:50pm                   

The Master and His Assistant: New Insights from the Photographic Archives of the Pioneer Studios of Antonio Beato and Attaya Gaddis Ibrahim A. Ali, The Grand Egyptian Museum

 

4:50–5:15pm                    

Decolonial 'Affordances' in the Digital Archive  

Jessica Holland, ACOR

 

5:15–5:45pm                    

Discussion

    

   

Fridy, 25 October 2019

 

9:30–10:40am                 

PANEL IV                            

Chair: Issam Nassar, Illinois State University      

                                              

9:30–9:55am                    

States of Emergency: Photographic Archives During and After Apartheid Kylie Thomas, NIOD & University of the Free State

 

9:55–10:20am                 

Photo Archiving, Monasticism, and Yogic Life at Sivananda Ashram (Rishikesh, India) Liam Buckley, James Madison University

                                                                                                                

10:20–10:40am                

Discussion                         

                                              

10:40–11:00am Coffee Break                   

                              

              

11:00am–12:10pm         

PANEL V

Chair: Shamoon Zamir, NYUAD                

                                                             

11:00–11:25am                

Photography and the Archival Field at the Yıldız Palace (1876-1909)

Ahmet A. Ersoy, Boğaziçi University       

Deniz Türker, University of Cambridge  

                              

11:25–11:50am               

Producing Knowledge of the Space in Nineteenth Century: The Golestan Palace Archive in Iran

Zeinab Azarbadegan, Columbia University          

 

11:50–12:10pm               

Discussion                         

                                                

12:10–2:00pm Lunch at Villa Sassetti     

               

     

2:00–3:45pm                    

PANEL VI                            

Chair: Joan M. Schwartz, Queen's University                     

                                              

2:00–2:25pm                    

Making the Private Public? Creating an Archive of Tamil Studio Photography

Zoé E. Headley, CNRS    

                                              

2:25–2:50pm                    

A Collection in Abu Dhabi: Vernacular Photography, Archive and Heritage Making           

Özge Calafato, NYUAD & University ofamsterdam                                          

                                              

2:50–3:15pm                    

Beyond the Photo Studio and the Living Room: Intersecting Archives, Collections and Documents in Cameroon

Jürg Schneider, University of Basel         

 

3:15–3:45pm                    

Discussion                         

                                              

3:45–4:00pm Coffee Break                        

                                              

4:00–4:45pm                    

Round Table Discussion               

                                              

4:45–5:00pm                    

Closing Remarks                             

Costanza Caraffa, KHI                   

Shamoon Zamir, NYUAD

  

    

VENUE

New York University Florence – Villa La Pietra Via Bolognese 120

50139 Florence / Italy

  

   

CO-ORGANIZERS

Shamoon Zamir

NYU Abu Dhabi

 

Costanza Caraffa

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

 

Advisory Panel

Özge Calafato (Amsterdam University & NYU Abu Dhabi) Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University) Rosalind Morris (Columbia University) Issam Nassar (Illinois State University)

   

    

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

NYU Abu Dhabi

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

 

Hosted by Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence

    

    

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