This three-day conference, exploring photography’s relationship to the Cold War and its aftermath, developed out of a two-year collaborative network between the Toronto Photography Seminar and Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies and is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This funded, collaborative research project began its life as “Photography and the Transnational Politics of Affect,” a networking project that linked photo scholars in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. In January 2012 we renamed this collaboration “The Photographic Situation Project,” after the work of Ariella Azoulay. Parts of our group are meeting in September 2012 in Toronto; in December 2012 at Rutgers; and in January 2013 at the Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies, Durham UK. We’ve produced a short document discussing what we mean by “the photographic situation,” which acts as a framing device for our work together; you can find it below, along with a list of participants and further information about the project.
Feeling Photography was an international conference held at the Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto, in the fall of 2009. Plenary speakers included Lisa Cartwright, Ann Cvetkovich, David Eng, Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer, Christopher Pinney, Shawn Michelle Smith, and Diana Taylor. The conference featured four concurrent sessions over two days; the conference program can be downloaded here. An excerpt from the call for papers, below, describes the conference’s goals.
Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2007-09
This was a two-year SSHRC-funded collaborative grant designed to link the members of the Toronto Photography Seminar with scholars outside of Canada. The focus of the grant was on “Affect and Photojournalism,” and resulted in eleven single-authored articles; one guest-edited special issue; an international conference; and two co-edited books.