In May 2012, in New York, the International Association for Visual Culture Studies will be officially launched. So, stay tuned.
I received this call for applications for students working in Photographic history and pass it on.
The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History. Call for Applications.
De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Admissions Committee by August 1. For applications to the MA, please contact Student Recruitment at the Faculty of Art and Design at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at ukpass.ac.uk. For questions about the MA programme or the Wilson Fellowship please contact Programme Leader, Dr Kelley Wilder at email@example.com.
The MA in Photographic History and Practice is the first course of its kind in the UK. It lays the foundations for understanding the scope of photographic history and provides the tools to carry out the independent research in this larger context, working in particular from primary source material. In addition to our collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography Studies in London, we will work with the collections of the National Media Museum, Bradford, the Central Library, Birmingham, the British Library and private collections throughout Britain. Students handle photographic material, learn analogue photographic processes, write history from objects in collections, compare historical photographic movements, and debate the canon of photographic history. They also learn about digital preservation and access issues through practical design projects involving Website and database design. Research Methods are a core component, providing students with essential handling, !
writing, digitizing and presentation skills needed for MA and Research level work. Further modules will encourage independent thinking in theory and in history writing, introduce students to methodologies commonly encountered in photographic history, and set the students on a course for finding their own MA dissertation topic. Students receive expert advice on the thesis topic of their choosing, which is written in the summer months and submitted in September, one year after the course begins, in the case of full time study, or two years in the case of part-time. For further details on the course and application process, please download a course brochure from the web site.
The University of Sidney launched a very interesting call for papers on links between verbal and visual communication.
Here it is:
Word and Image, East and West
28-29 October 2011
University of Sydney
In 1991 Mieke Bal defended the verbal and textual aspects of visual artefacts, arguing that a new cultural paradigm exists based on the assumption that “the culture in which works of art and literature emerge and function does not impose a strict distinction between the verbal and the visual domain. In cultural life the two domains are constantly intertwined” (“Reading Rembrandt”, 1991, p. 5). In the last twenty years the relationship between the visual and the verbal has become a key issue in the humanities in general and, in particular, in the creation of new inter-, multi- or transdisciplinary areas of study. Reaction to the growing presence of images in contemporary culture has, thus, led to a flourishing of publications, conferences and academic courses on the varied interactions between text and image. Yet, a comparative investigation on the way the East and West perceive the interrelation between the visual and the textual still needs particular attention.
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together scholars and researchers from different backgrounds (historical, literary, theoretical or philosophical) in order to discuss and compare the mutual interdependence of words and images, the mixed mediality of the visual and the verbal, and the way they have been interlacing in different geographical and cultural areas, from Europe and the US to the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, throughout the years.
Contributions are invited, but not limited to:
– literature and painting
– iconography and narrative
– visual poetry
– writing and photography
– narrative and maps
– mixed-media forms and intermedia texts
Discussions are therefore encouraged on the different modalities one medium has been included in the other in the Western and Eastern cultures, as well as the way the interaction of word and image has contributed to challenge the East/West binary. Contributions are invited to discuss issues of:
– transposition and translation
We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers in English. Please submit a 500-word abstract and include name, university affiliation, as well as a short paragraph with biographical information by 30 May 2011. Selected contributions will be included in a 2012 Special Issue of the international refereed journal Literature & Aesthetics. Essays (in English) for the issue will be commissioned by 15 November 2011. Commissioned essays are due no later than 1 March 2012.
Enquiries and proposals should be addressed to: Giorgia Alù: firstname.lastname@example.org Francesco Borghesi: email@example.com
A very peculiar festival is under way in Lodi (Northern Italy). It is dedicated to « ethical photography », that is to the relationship between ethics, communication and photography.
The programme is quite packed.
An exhibition in Bordeaux tells the story of Spanish civil war through the photographs of one of her most famous photographers: Augustí Centelles.
More than 200 pictures will be on display for the first time in France. There is also a programme of lectures, among which one on « Guerre d’Espagne et photojournalism »… today…
Anyway, the exhibition will be open until the 10th July.
I think you all know the project of Photos Normandie. An on line photographic collection working on « redocumentarisation » with « crowdsourcing ».
The Bibliothèque de Cherbourg-Octeville is the first external partner to join the project, uploading on the flickr page of Photos Normandie, her photos on WWII. Patrick Peccatte, involved in the project, tells more about it in its blog.
Italian archival administration and a good number of archives, libraries and institutions have opened a portal on terrorism and political violence.
An online exhibition on the mental hospital of Volterra. There’s an English version, too.
An exhibition on Paris Commune in the city hall.
Photos and engravings, documents, manuscripts.
It is open just until the 28th May.
Google has a implemented a new tool for image searching: Sort by subject. It is sort of a visual help, as it suggests some categories for the subjects you are looking for. For instance, for « Pluto », I’ve got « Pluto planet », « Pluto dog », « Pluto god ». In italian, it was different, as it was: « Plutone pianeta », « Plutone e Caronte », « Plutone simbolo », « Plutone divinità », « Plutone e Proserpina », « Plutone Ade ».
In fact it is already available in different languages, among which English, French, Spanish and Italian, and the results are dissimilar.
Patrick Peccatte talks about it in its blog, pointing out some good and some bad features.
A very interesting call for papers for a conference to be held in Naples in autumn. What did computer do to documents? What about the diplomatics of digital documents?
Tha call for papers is « old » but I found it only now. Just few days left to try.
L’Università di Padova organizza un convegno su « Corpi, territori e società. Ricerche visuali e sociologia del fotogiornalismo ».
Il taglio è sociologico e non storico ma sembra interessante. E, a quanto pare, l’Università di Padova si sta mostrando vivace sulla questione.
Se vi interessa, ecco il programma.