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Call for Papers: Beyond the View (New) Perspectives on Seaside Photography

This peer-reviewed conference taking place 10-11 July 2014 will explore seaside photography in its very broadest sense and provide a critical space for debate and enquiry. This conference invites submissions that explore seaside photography in all its manifestations.

Proposed papers might include, but not be restricted to: the seaside as boundary between different environments; its location in contemporary photographic practice; seaside photography in an historical context, including class, feminist issues and youth; the vernacular; the demotic; regeneration and the rise of leisure as captured in seaside imagery.

Selected papers presented at the conference may be included in a planned peer-reviewed publication.

Day 1 of the conference will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury and Day 2 at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, Kent, UK on 10 and 11 July 2014. Transportation between the locations will be provided for all speakers and delegates.

Speakers at the conference will include Martin Parr, Brigitte Lardinois (Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the University of the Arts in London) and Colin Harding (National Media Museum’s Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology).

The conference will also include an evening reception at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury on 10th July as part of the associated Heritage Lottery Funded photographic exhibition: Beyond the View – Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection.


“In the United Kingdom, one is never more than seventy-five miles away from the coast. With this much shoreline, it’s not surprising that there is a strong British tradition of photography by the seaside. American photographers may have given birth to Street photography; but in the UK, we have the beach. Perhaps the natural outcome is Beach Photography.” (Martin Parr: 2013)



 July 10 - 11, 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University

Deadline for abstracts: 2 March 2014

Abstract submissions should be of 300 words (Word or PDF only), and include your name, title, email address, academic position and affiliation.

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From the submitted abstracts we will make a final selection (subject to peer review process) to be presented at the conference. Successful applicants will be notified by 9 March 2014.

For more information about the conference, please contact the convener:

(Dr. Karen Shepherdson is principal lecturer in photography at Canterbury Christ Church University and director of SEAS Photography.)

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