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Approaching deadline for abstracts for this September symposium: http://www.warandmedia.org/photomemory/symposium/
Commemoration, memory, archive: investigating commemorative and memorial uses of personal, non-professional images in the digital age in the Global South
University of Sussex
4th-5th September 2018
This symposium aims to explore real and perceived changes in the relationship(s) between private still images and the memorialization and commemoration of mass violence – including trauma – with a particular focus on practices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America in the digital age.
Abstracts welcome on the following themes:
Regional, national, cultural and geographic contexts
• Examples of the practice of commemorative, memorial and activist uses of personal, non-professional images in different national, cultural, geographical contexts. We are particularly interested in examples from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South and Central America.
• Holocaust-related commemorative practices and their influence on commemorative practices related to other instances of violence.
• Current, dominant private image-based commemorative practices in the Global South and how these reflect on the processes of witnessing and mediating pain, memory, trauma and history.
• Impact of “amateur”, domestic aesthetics and their relationship to authenticity.
Archival, curatorial and artistic practices
• Definitions and re-definitions of the archive, with a focus on exploring the relationship between the private and the public.
• Archival and curatorial practices in the digital age.
• Private image use in artistic practice (film, photography, installation etc).
After the digital turn
• To what extent has the memorial ontology of the private image changed as a result of the proliferation of digital technologies?
• What are the implications – for both image and image owner – in the transition from personal archive to public digital sphere?
• How do issues of connectivity and access impact on the use of private images in the digital sphere?
• How is the digital integrated into the institutional use of private images and what are the implications?
Now and then: commemoration, activism and future directions?
• What are the boundaries and relationships between image-based commemoration, activism and citizen journalism?
• What are the key issues and debates around privacy, ethics and appropriation in relation to the use of private images in digital commemorative practice (personal and institutional)?
• What might be the future directions of image-based commemoration in the Global South?
If you would like participate please send an abstract of 300 words and a brief biography to Piotr Cieplak on firstname.lastname@example.org by 9th July 2018.
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