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light - sensitive - material. Photography conference: Call for papers

Event date Event time Event location
01/11/2019 - 02/11/2019 University of West London, St Mary's Rd, Ealing, London W5 5RF

A two-day conference at the University of West London supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This conference will examine photography as simultaneously material and immaterial addressing not only the tangible properties of photographic objects, but also the ecosystems in which they circulate. We live in and through the photographic, in its physical presence in the world, and in our thought. The conference thus also invites considerations of  the ways in which a mode of philosophical thinking can be conceived as photographic or vice versa.

Call for papers

Abstracts from colleagues in film or cinema studies working on the physical and chemical aspects of film (celluloid and light for example) and questions of aesthetic / sensual experience; and from colleagues in media, literature, history and philosophy whose work addresses the photographic in its various manifestations and forms. Artists whose work engage with the conference themes are welcome to submit a proposal.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Ecologies of photography: atmospherics (clouds, fogging, aerialism, climate), energetics 
  2. Photography and the ineffable: material/immaterial, apparitions, image/imagination
  3. Science and technology: maintenance, glitches, wet and dry photography, chemistry, apparatus
  4. Visibility and illumination: enlightenment and luminescence, flash, phosphorescence
  5. Transience: ephemerality, obsolescence, wear and tear
  6. Materiality: from celluloid to coltan, gelatine and silver, tactility, gesture, embodiment and thingliness

Abstract Submission deadline: 5 June 2019
Please send abstracts (300 words max.) with your name, title, affiliation (where appropriate) and a short bio (up to 200 words). Please also prepare for a 20 minute presentation

Please send your submission to both the conference organizers:

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