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Photography in Academic Research: Images in the Post-Truth Era

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre


Second International Conference on Photography in Academic Research

Donald Trump's presidency began with a battle over images. Photographs had been reframed, his administration insisted, to detract from the largest inauguration crowd in history. When images of the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations showed otherwise, the new administration refused to back down. The production of knowledge in photography has been much debated, yet with little emphasis on the agents involved in this exchange and the production process. Building on Photography in Academic Research, an international event organised by Photography + (Con) Text at UCL in September 2016, this conference will address and critically discuss the power struggles between the photographer and the photographed in a world where these two roles are constantly interchangeable. It will draw on the history of photography to interrogate claims that photography finds itself in a changed socio-political context. Through roundtables, research panels, workshops and networking opportunities, this interdisciplinary event will promote collaboration and exchange between social researchers who use photography in their research and practitioners. It will serve as a space for photography, encouraging its uses, analyses and practices in social research and art.

This event is organised by Birkbeck's Departments of Politics, Cultures and Languages, Geography and History of Art, the Derek Jarman Lab, the Centre for Iberian and Latin and American Visual Studies and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre with the support of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the The Royal Anthropological Institute.

Conference Programme and Registration

The final conference programme and the abstracts for Friday and Saturday are available to view as PDF here.

The call for papers is now closed but speakers and attendees should register online for the conference.

To register for the conference as a presenter or participant please do so here.

Practical information

Birkbeck is located in London’s Bloomsbury area. It is close to Tube and mainline rail stations, including Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, King's Cross/St Pancras and Euston.

The registration desk will be located on Level -1 of Birkbeck’s Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7JL. Lectures, panels and workshops will take place between the Clore Management Centre, and 43 Gordon Square, where the break out rooms and cinema are located. The venues are a short walk from each other. To plan your journey you can download a map of the area on the Birkbeck website.

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