International Conference of Photography and Theory (Ayia Napa)

Photography and Museums: Displayed and Displaying

Ayia Napa, Cyprus
November 30 December 2, 2012


Prof Elizabeth Edwards
Prof W.J.T Mitchell
Prof Ariella Azoulay



Research in historical, artistic and vernacular photography has been rapidly expanding in the past few years. Responding to this trend, the International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) was created with an aim to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical exploration of photography and photographic practices. The 2nd International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT 2012) aims once again at bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields of study who share a common interest in photography. This years topic is Photography and Museums.

Photography has been historically adopted by various types of museums art, anthropological, historical, and archaeological as evidence for the objects on view or as a supporting document to events, stories or other artifacts already on display. In other cases photography has been displayed as an autonomous artifact or an art form demanding aesthetic consideration. However, it was not until recently that photography in museums was critically re-evaluated in order to examine photographys impact on the formation of cultural, historic or social narratives and identities. In addition, museums but also contemporary artists have been showing a renewed interest in photography and its potential to challenge museum orthodoxy, as much as in the mediums expanding possibilities through the use of new media technologies.

This conference aims to critically investigate the relationship between photography and museums; the impact of the medium on the nature and character of the museum and of the museum experience, but also the impact of the institution on the status and development of photography. We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) from various disciplines, such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts. These should present an in-depth investigation of the relationship between museums and photography historically, philosophically or through specific case studies.

Submitted proposals for presentations should address, but are not limited to one of the following:

Examining Photography in Museums:

The political economy of the photograph
Ethnographic collections
Representations, narratives, stereotypes and power
Telling stories, negotiating identities
Exhibiting news photography
Exhibiting commercial photography (advertising, fashion photography, editorial etc.)
Photographs as artifacts: the photographic album
Researching photographic albums in museums / archives
Documentary photography: evidence and truth
Photographs of war, violence or / and agony
Photography and Museology:

Shifting paradigms of display
Contemporary photography in the museum
Challenging tradition: digital photography versus painting
Photographys impact on the nature of museum collections
Educational implications of the use of photography in museums
Photography and museum audiences
Photography and online museums
Museum outreach through online photographic collections
The art museum conversing with the photography museum
New technologies and the photographic exhibition
Photographers/Artists and the Museum:

Photographers interventions in museums
Photographing the museum / Questioning the museum
Photographing museum audiences
Artists looking at / researching in museums photographic archives
Exhibiting photographic archives
The artist as curator: displaying found photographs
Public-generated photography in art exhibitions
The photography festival: Voices Off, Arles Fest, Paris Photo etc.
The moving still photograph

To propose a paper please send a 400-word (excluding references) abstract no later than April 15, 2012 to [email protected]

For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details (address, email, phone), title of presentation, and a short biographical note (200 words) should be supplied on a separate document. Both documents (abstract and contact details) should be in English.
Event contributed to by Stell MissPprazzi through the Cyprus Events Application on facebook.

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