[S-fotografie] CFP : The Madness of Photography (Savannah, 10-12 Feb 12)

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CFP: The Madness of Photography (Savannah, 10-12 Feb 12)

Savannah, GA
Deadline: Jun 15, 2011

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will host its fourth biennial Art History Symposium, The Madness of Photography, February 10-12, 2012.

In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes defines the photograph as “a new form
of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level
of time…a mad image: chafed by reality.” For Barthes, photography’s
inherent madness makes it a “bizarre medium,” tamed by a society that
either reifies it into art or banalizes it beyond distinction vis Ó vis
the onslaught of images characteristic of modern life.

The “madness of photography” is thus both poetically and ontologically
central to the medium, and is discernible from its very origins. This
symposium will explore new perspectives on the many implications of
madness in photography’s history, theory, and practice. By turning
attention to the irrationality at the heart of the seemingly objective
process of photographing, we hope to cast light on the paradoxes and
possibilities of the medium. We invite papers that creatively address
the relationship between photography and madness, including such topics
as: the historiography of the medium, including writings on photography
and madness, death, time, or memory; photo-“manias”; new modes of
dissemination (blogs, virtual databases, image hosting sites); the
place of photography in social networking; artists or movements
interested in achieving or documenting states of madness; photography’s
participation in the definition and construction of madness;
photographs of or by the “insane”; the medium’s connections to
scientific and pseudo-scientific fields, from phrenology and
physiognomy to sociology and anthropology; and photography and madness
outside of the Western tradition.

Andrew Nedd, Symposium Chair
Frederick Gross, Holly Markovitz Goldstein, and Lisa Jaye Young, Panel
Department of Art History

Please submit an abstract (300 words maximum) and a cv, including
complete contact information, to arthsymposium a scad.edu
Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2011 via email

Symposium language is English.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: The Madness of Photography (Savannah, 10-12 Feb 12). In:
H-ArtHist, Apr 11, 2011. <http://arthist.net/archive/1200>.

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