Reframing Family Photography Conference


September 21-23, 2017
University of Toronto, Canada

A conference hosted by the Toronto Photography Seminar


Artists’ Roundtable, moderated by Deepali Dewan // Royal Ontario Museum
Family Camera Exhibition and Opening Reception


Plenary Session in CCF:
Key Concepts Roundtable, featuring Marianne Hirsch (Columbia), Gayatri Gopinath (NYU), Martha Langford (Concordia), Laura Wexler (Yale), Deborah Willis (NYU)
Panel Sessions 1, 11:00-12:45
(Post) Colonial Albums // Trinity College (Combo Room)
  • Candice Jansen (Wits Institute), “Complicities of the Image: Cedric Nunn and the Black Family in Struggle”
  • Sandrine Colard-De Bock (Columbia University), “Becoming the Bourgeois African in the colonial Congo: Two Families in the Picture”
  • John Peffer (Ramapo), “When a Photograph is a Family: Thoughts on Audience and Image in Africa”
Feminizing Affective Communities // Munk 023N
  • Sharon Sliwinksi (UWO), “Photography—Our Mother Complex”
  • Erina Duganne (Texas State University), “Family Photography and the Global Struggle for Human Rights”
  • Dot Tuer (OCADU), “Talismans and Traces: State Terror, Absent Bodies and Reframing the Family Photograph”
Akin: Conventions of Childhood // Munk 108N
  • Jennifer Orpana (ROM), “Childhood Snapshots: Transnational Conventions in Family Photography” 
  • Daniel Magilow (UT - Knoxville), “Cute Jews: On Nahum Gidal’s Judische Kinder in Erez Israel Ein Photobuch”
  • LiLi Johnson (Yale), “Transnational Chinese Adoptions”
Intimate Economies from Analog to Digital Eras // Munk 208N
  • Ali Feser (Chicago University), “Photochemical Kinship in the Image Capital of the World”
  • Sarah Brophy (McMaster), “Angus McBean’s Queer Domestic Surrealism and a Prehistory of Selfie Culture”
  • Sophie Hackett (AGO), “Zun Lee’s Fade Resistance”
Panel Sessions 2, 2:30-4:30
Masculinities // Munk 023N
  • Adria Imada (UC Irvine), “Dreaming in Pictures: ‘Family’ Albums and Kinship during Medical Incarceration”
  • Franny Nudelman (Carleton University), “Reframing Postmortem Photography: Tim Hetherington’s ‘Sleeping Soldiers’ ”
  • Georgiana Banita (Bamberg University), “The Refuge of Photography: Framing Migrent Men”
Politicizing the Family // Munk 108N
  • Drew Thompson (Bard College), “’Não há nada (“There is nothing”)’: The Absence of Retratos in Independent Mozambique”
  • Erina Duganne (Texas State University), “Family Photography and the Global Struggle for Human Rights”
  • Kimberly Juanita Brown (Mount Holyoke College), “Next of Kin: Photographic Mortevivum and the Violence of Proximity”
Unsettled: Settler-colonial Relations and Aboriginal Kinship // Munk 208N
  • Andrea Doucet (Brock), “The ethics and aesthetics of remembrance in the aftermath of catastrophe”
  • Reilley Bishop-Stall  (McGill), “Friction and Familiarity in Family Photo Albums: A Residential School Teacher’s Photographic Legacy” 
  • Sharon Huebner (Monash University), “Disrupting Colonial Imaginaries: Photographs of Australian Aboriginal ancestors as a cultural device for activating intergenerational pride and kinship responsibility”
Plenary Session:
Richard Hill (Emily Carr)
Carole Payne (Carleton), “Photography, Family, and Inuit Culture”

Wine and Cheese reception



Plenary Session:
Collecting and Archiving Family Photographs, featuring Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP, UK), Rahaab Allana (Alkazi Collection, India), Luce Lebart (Canadian Photography Institute, Canada), Fiona Kinsey (Museum Victoria, Australia)
Panel Sessions 3, 11:00-12:45
Visual Diasporas // Munk 023N
  • Leigh Raiford (UC Berkeley), “‘1World1Family’: Collecting the African Diaspora Family Album”
  • Lily Cho (York), “Diaspora in the Darkroom: theorizing chromogenic process and ontologies of diasporic connection”
  • Sabeena Gadihoke, “The Partition in a Digital Age: An Archeology of Family Photographs through Absence and Presence”
Secrecy // Munk 108N
  • Afseneh Najmabadi (Harvard), “With a Whole Family—the Stories One Can Tell”
  • Sara Davidmann (independent artist), “Ken. To be destroyed”
  • Erin Gray (UC Irvine), “America’s ‘Concrete Universal’: Excising Lynching from The Family of Man”
Cold War Generations // Munk 208N
  • Iyko Day (Mt. Holyoke), “Nuclear Family Photography and Generational Memory”
  • Jung Joon Lee (RISD), “Orphan Nation: Remembering the Korean War as Family-Nation”
  • Olivia Tait (University College, London), “Kustlerehepaar: I.G.G.R.” 
Panel Sessions 4, 2:30-4:30
Wedding Photos // Munk 023N
  • Suryanandini Narain (Jawaharlal Nehru University), “Indian Wedding Photos” 
  • Jeehey Kim (Carter Museum), “Funerary Portrait Photography and Ghost/Spirit Marriage in East Asia” 
  • Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “Too Many Men” 
Extra-familial Frames // Munk 108N
  • Deborah Weinstein (Brown), “Animals in Family Photographs” 
  • Linda Steer (Brock), “Between ‘Russia’s Trainspotting’ and ‘the presumption of innocence’: Making Meaning of Irina Popova’s Another Family”
  • Heather Diack (University of Miami), “We Are Family: Leslie Hewitt’s Riff’s On Real Time” 
Racialized Citizenship and Non-citizenship // Munk 208N
  • Gabrielle Moser (OCADU), “Familial Ties and Citizen Claims: Photography, Race and Citizenship in African Canadian Newspapers”
  • Julia Lum (Yale), “Narrating Visibility: Chinese Canadian Family Photography and the Exclusion Period, 1923-67”
  • Nadine Attewell (McMaster), “Intimations of Abundance: Working-Class Family Photography and the Look of Mixed Race”
Plenary Session: 
Tina Campt (Barnard College) and Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers)
Concluding Remarks
Closing Banquet