Call for Papers: Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now

Descendants of the Unfamiliar by Faye Claridge

Following a lively panel discussion about the role of women photographers, both historical and current, held at Tate Modern in April 2014, Tate Modern is now inviting papers and visual presentations for a conference to be held in the autumn of 2015.

The original panel brought together women from across the globe to explore and identify key themes and issues pertinent to women’s work in photography in the 21st century. The energetic debates and presentations were inspirational. Through these discussions key issues were identified, informing the development of work for women in photography, highlighting the need to ensure a place for women in the burgeoning histories of the medium.

Tate Modern, The University for the Creative Arts, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) (at London College of Communication, UAL) are now organising a two-day conference, Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now, to be held at Tate Modern on 6 and 7 November 2015.

This call for papers and artist’s presentations is looking for for submissions that explore the significance of women’s photographic practices both historical and contemporary, addressing key themes pertinent to current photography research and to celebrate the best work produced by women in photography. Themes might include: new technologies, re-interpretation of archives and histories, vernacular and amateur photography, social and political impact of photography today, identity and sexuality, activist photography, collaborative practices, staging the real, culture of confession, histories of working concerning production and dissemination ie: collectives/co-ops, web dialogues, networking and social media. In the critical discourses emerging from practice and theory, related to these themes, it is vital today to consider the historical and contemporary place that the work of women in photography occupies.

Submission of papers as follows

  • 19 January 2015 submit 500 word abstracts for anonymous peer-review.
  • 16 March 2015 successful applicants will be notified after this date.
  • 30 September 2015 full paper/presentation required.

Please email submissions or enquiries to:

Source: Tate Modern

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