Photography, Archive and Memory Day symposium at Roehampton University, London ~ Friday 5th June 2009.
Recent debates about photography and the archive are currently being reformulated in relation to ‘memory’ resulting in a critical challenge to more traditional formulations of the history of photography and notions of ‘archive’. Through ‘memory’ the archive becomes open to new interpretations, uses and new formulations; the social material relations, the materiality of the medium and the institutional nature of the archive are potentially revealed and contested. The symposium will map this emerging body of work from practitioners, theorists, historians and curators and critically reflect on the theoretical and methodological implications of the use of ‘memory’ as a conceptual category within photography.
A range of themes addressed in this event will include:
Strategies of memory, alternative and counter histories of photography, collective and cultural memory, digital technologies and methodologies, institutional framings, national identities, place and home, trauma and postmemory, postcolonial reinterpretations, artistic interventions, familial archives, personal narratives, transcultural perspectives, remembering photographers, retrieving history and generating new memories.
* Dr. David Bate (Reader in Photography, University of Westminster).
* Dr. Joanna Zylinska (Reader in New Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London).
The registration fee for this event, which will include light refreshments, is £15.00 (£12.00 concessions). This event is free to Roehampton staff and students. The booking form for this event is online (please book even if you are attending free of charge).