Call for Papers: Panel on Photographic History at SHS Conference (Lancaster University, 21-23 March 2016)

Photographic Histories

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

L0056449 A Manchu lady having her hair dressed by her servant girl Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org China: a Manchu lady having her hair dressed by her servant girl, Beijing. Photograph by John Thomson, 1869. 1869 By: J. ThomsonPublished: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ L0056449 A Manchu lady having her hair dressed by her servant girl
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Photograph by John Thomson, 1869.
CC BY 4.0

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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