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Friday 5 June 2009
Photography, Archive and Memory
Day symposium at Roehampton University, London
Recent debates about photography and the archive are currently being reformulated in relation to memory, resulting in a critical challenge to more traditional formulations of the history of photography and notions of 'archive'. Through 'memory' the archive becomes open to new interpretations, uses and new formulations; the social material relations, the materiality of the medium and the institutional nature of the archive are potentially revealed and contested. The symposium will map this emerging body of work from practitioners, theorists, historians and curators and critically reflect on the theoretical and methodological implications on the use of 'memory' as a conceptual category within photography.
Themes addressed in this event will include:
Strategies of memory, alternative and counter histories of photography, collective and cultural memory, digital technologies and methodologies, institutional framings, national identities, place and home, trauma and postmemory, postcolonial reinterpretations, artistic interventions, familial archives, personal narratives, transcultural perspectives, remembering photographers, retrieving history and generating new memories.
Further information, including booking, keynote speakers and schedule, is available at: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/researchcentres/crfac/events/index.html
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