Call for Papers
Photographic History: A New Direction for Social History?
Panel Proposal “40th Anniversary Open Strand: New Directions”
Social History Society Conference, Lancaster University, 21-23 May 2016
Panel chair: Dr Beatriz Pichel, PHRC, De Montfort University
Photography has changed the way in which the past is represented and remembered. Let’s take the example of the key role that photographs of the liberation of concentration camps have played in the formation of the collective memory of the Holocaust. However, photographs remain a rather marginalized historical material. They usually belong to the realm of art and visual culture, and when they enter into general histories is usually as illustrations or anecdotes.
Following recent approaches to photographic history, this panel interrogates what happens when we situate photography at…
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