Photography in Academic Research

Start: Sep 08, 2016 09:00 AM
End: Sep 09, 2016 05:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Photography in Academic Research (Image courtesy of David Swindell)

‘photography + (con) text’ will organise a conference on Photography in Academic Research at the Institute on 8 & 9 September 2016.

The conference, hosted by the Institute of Archaeology, in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute and Birkbeck, Department of Politics, aims to provide a space of exchange, stimulating dialogue between social researchers and practitioners who engage with photography creatively and critically.

It will serve as a platform for photography; encouraging its uses, analyses and practices in social research, expanding the possibilities of photographic practice beyond its current observational and illustrative uses within academia.

The character of research and practice with photography has changed significantly over the past decades, such that inquiries into the nature of different screen media, their interactivity, in art installations, their digitisation, the politics of their making, distribution and reception has emerged alongside more traditional perspectives and topics such as cultural memory and visual heritage.

At the same time, cultural, technological and political shifts have led us to re-address the use of photography in academic research, challenging photography as an archaic practice to the moving image or an art practice outside an ideological or social platform.

Call for papers


The event is free and all are welcome but registration is essential.

Further details regarding the conference programme will be made available nearer the time. Any enquiries may be directed to Marcel Reyes-Cortez  (reyes.cortez@yahoo.com) or Barbara Knorpp (via b.knorpp@ucl.ac.uk)