Seminar 2015-16

Over the past year, several members of the seminar have been engaging in the history and theory of ‘family photography’ as a means of thinking through questions of affect, diaspora, war, and/or queer kinship. Some of this work has emerged in the form of the Family Camera Project at the ROM (Dr. Deepali Dewan), a SSHRC LOI for a partnership grant (Dr. Thy Phu), and various scholarly presentations in this area. For the upcoming year, our theme as a seminar is “Photographic Intimacies” and has been designed to help us think through some of the scholarship on intimacy that may allow us to re-think the genre of family photography as a whole.

TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Friday, September 25, 2015, 4-7 pm
Lowe, Lisa. The Intimacies of Four Continents. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015. (Specific page numbers TBD by Lily Cho)

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Gabrielle Moser.


Friday, October 23, 2015, 4-7 pm
Bersani, Leo, and Adam Phillips. Intimacies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Sharon Sliwinski.


Friday, November 20, 2015 (location TBD), 4-7 pm
Chen, Mel Y. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012.
Or,
Chen, Mel Y., and Dana Luciano, eds. “Queer Inhumanisms.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21, no. 2-3 (2015): 183-458.

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Matthew Brower.


Friday, December 11, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm
Archival Visit: Ryerson Image Centre (RIC)
Berenice Abbott or Jo Spence archive

Facilitated by TBD.


Friday, January 15, 2016, 4-7 pm
Brown, Wendy. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. New York: Zone Books; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Sarah Bassnett.


Friday, February 26, 2016, 4-7 pm

Nicole R. Fleetwood, “Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy,” Public Culture 273 (2015), 487-508.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” The Atlantic October 2015
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/the-black-family-in-…

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Lily Cho.


Friday, April 1, 2016, 4-7 pm
De León, Jason. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, forthcoming, October 2015 (excerpt).

Images for discussion, and conversation launched, by Dot Tuer.