[S-fotografie] CFP: Time and Photography, Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgio, 14-15 Marzo 2008

Noiret, Serge Serge.Noiret a EUI.eu
Gio 25 Ott 2007 09:48:29 CEST


(Deadline: 31 December 2008)

Time and Photography: Time in Photography, Photography in Time (Leuven & Louvain-la-Neuve)

Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th  of March 2008 Colloque international / International Conference

Scope and content of the conference

This conference is a key moment in the new international cross  
disciplinary interest in photography in its relationships with time.  
Until recently, the various approaches of photography and time were  
elaborated in relative isolation. Among these approaches were: the  
narratological, poetological and art-theoretical approaches, which  
study the representation of time in the fixed image and its multiple  
decodings by an active reader; the historical approach, which  
considers the photograph a form of historical evidence; and the  
anthropological approach, which examines the photograph the  
transformations of the image as a material object through time. The  
members of the organizing committee, the keynote speakers, and the  
various contributors, have all published widely not just within one  
or more of these perspectives, but have encountered within their own  
research the necessity to theorize the interdisciplinary dimensions  
of the ongoing work as well as to implement them in new joint  
research projects, which will be debated during the conference. 

The conference tackles the major challenges that have emerged in  
recent theoretical research in the field of time and photography. Its  
basic methodological and theoretical framework is interdisciplinary,  
with a strong focus on philosophically informed art historical  
interpretations and culturally inspired formal analysis of the  
photographic image as well as of photography as a social practice.  
The conference concentrates on the necessity of recovering the  
balance between the spatial and the temporal, the formally  
descriptive and the historically interpretive approaches of  
photography in photography which is no longer restricted to the mere  
field of artistic photography, but includes a.o. the documentary and  
the scientific use of the medium. More concretely, the conference  
brings together scholars from different fields who will present their  
answers to the following questions:

Which are the advantages and flaws of the main theoretical models  
that help to examine the shifting notion of the "time" in general and  
of the "contemporary" in particular in photography? And what are the  
features and dimensions of an overall taxonomic description of time  
in photography?

Which are the temporal dimensions of the basic notion of "index",  
which has been interpreted until now in an almost exclusively spatial  

Which temporal dimensions of the photographic image and the  
photographic practices are specific to the area, and how is it  
possible to transfer the notion of photographic time to the related  
fields of other mechanically produced, reproduced, distributed, and  
disseminated images?

Which are the best practices actually available and how can we  
increase the interdisciplinary surplus value of these examples?

How can we counter the wide-spread idea of the photographic image  
only as a still, often seen in contrast to the fluency of the motion  

How can we counter the wide-spread idea of the digital as an  
environment without memory, and how does the idea of photographic  
time help to ask new questions to the notion of archival time?

Which are the consequences of the major emphasis on time for a global  
definition of the field of photography studies, i.e. to what extent  
can the twofold notion of time in photography and of photography in  
time broaden and redefine our global vision of photography?

Keynote speakers:
Victor Burgin (San Francisco)
Louis Kaplan (Toronto)
Graham Smith (St Andrews)
Sally Stein (UCLA)

Proposals should be sent via email to: jan.baetens a arts.kuleuven.be  
and alex.streitberger a uclouvain.be

Jan BAETENS, KUL/Culturele Studies & Lieven Gevaert Centre
Mail: jan.baetens a arts.kuleuven.be
Tel. : 00 32 16 32 48 46
Fax : 00 32 16 32 50 68
Mail : alex.streitberger a uclouvain.be
Tel. : 00 32 10 47 27 85

Comité scientifique/Scientific committee:
Jan Baetens (KUL)
Hilde Van Gelder (KUL)
Alexander Streitberger (UCL)
Luc Pauwels (UA)
Monica Turci (Univ. Bologna)
Marc Emmanuel Melon (Univ. Liège)
Sémir Badir (chercheur qualifié FNRS, Liège)
David Green (Univ. of Brighton)

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