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Elizabeth Edwards' Professorial Lecture and Book Launch

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, the Director of De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre, is giving her Professorial Lecture on Thursday 24 May 2012. The lecture is titled 'Aimless Meandering and Structured Seeing: Photographers, Places and the Feel of History’ and will take place in the Hugh Aston Building, Magazine Square, De Montfort University, Leicester. The lecture will start at 6.00pm and following the lecture, there will be a drinks reception with the opportunity to buy Professor Edwards’ new book The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885-1918 which is formally published on 25 May.

In the lecture, Professor Edwards will look at the relationship between popular photographic practices and the historical past in late nineteenth century England. She will show how photography was used to express a series of moral values  around a sense of the past. But this historical environment was expressed not through a disembodied gaze, but through the embodied practices of photography, mediated through  movement, light, space and above all historical imagination on the ground.

The event will also celebrate the first anniversary of the PHRC. See:
Anyone interested in attending should call (0116) 257 7452 or email, by 22 May 2012 highlighting any access requirements that you might have. More information about university and PHRC events can be found at

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