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Conference: cfp. PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture / 20-22 April 2018

A three-day conference exploring the practice, profession, scholarship, preservation and access to photography’s history, present day expression and projected opportunities and challenges for the future. Sponsored and organized by RIT Press, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s scholarly book publishing enterprise, and The Wallace Center at RIT, the conference is a forum for reporting research findings, sharing current professional and scholarly practices, and discussing subjects pertinent to the broadly defined, multifaceted history and future of photography, including motion pictures.

The conference will engage practitioners, librarians, archivists and the diverse scholarly disciplines on historically
significant subjects and topics of future interest.

Call for Papers: We invite scholarly papers and panel proposals for presentation consideration at PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture. Paper and panel proposals must be submitted through the conference website and received by November 15, 2017.

Acceptance notification will occur by December 31, 2017. The complete conference program will be published on February 1, 2018. 

The conference is an opportunity for the presentation, analysis, interpretation and assessment of original scholarship on photography’s history and future including applications, education, connoisseurship, preservation, and accessibility as viewed through multiple disciplinary lenses. PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture subjects to be explored include, but not limited to: Advertising & public relations, Documentary & fashion, Bodycams & traffic cams, Legal protection & infringement, Art and design, Biography & portraiture, Copyright & copywrong, Journalism & sports, Photographic technology, Environmental, architectural & landscape, Social & commercial dimensions of photography, Medical & industrial, Amateur, Social reform & advocacy, Preservation & access, Public policy & public access, Collecting &
hobbyist interests.

We invite attendance by a wide range of academic disciplines and by practitioners from an equally broad range of professions. Examples of professions are: archivists, image preservation and conservators, information managers, data and metadata specialists, photographers, museum curators, library and museum administrators, and managers from the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors. Examples of academic disciplines are: history, archives, photography, communication, digital humanities, criminology and criminal justice, computer science, public policy, imaging, economics, museum studies, fine arts, and library science.

A Three-day Conference on the Archaeology and Future of Photography
April 20 – 22, 2018, Rochester, NY

For more information: Bruce Austin (585) 475-2879, BAAGLL@RIT.EDU or Laura DiPonzio Heise (585) 475-5819, LMDWML@RIT.EDU

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