[H-verkko] CFP: The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict

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The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict
Call for Papers
The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict
Durham University and Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, UK
31 July to 1 August 2014
The intersection of photography and war encompasses a broad and complex field.
Yet conceptually, “war photography” is often restricted to the activities of
photojournalists producing aesthetically compelling images used to humanitarian
ends. Scholars have primarily focused on issues of veracity, iconicity, memory,
affect and ethics. Insightful though this work is, we lack crucial information
and critical reflection on fundamental questions regarding how commercial,
tactical and personal factors have shaped the diverse terrain of images arising
from all contexts of armed conflict.
The aim of this conference is to examine war photography in this expanded
sense—that is, as the result of a nexus of pragmatic and strategic
transactions and interactions concerning business, militarism and consumption.
We seek papers that address the ways in which issues of supply and demand have
shaped the field of war photography, and how this field has articulated with
other forms of industrialised and commercial activity. We invite scholars in a
range of disciplines to reflect upon the relevance to war photography of
commerce, industry, the military and marketing, as well as the role of workers,
publishers, politicians, strategists, purchasers and consumers. Together, we
endeavour to develop alternative methodological frameworks for approaching
images of armed conflict, and to shift and expand thinking on the concept of war
A range of historical periods, geographical regions and modes of conflict is
encouraged. Participants are invited to propose 20-minute papers on topics
related to the theme The Business of War Photography, including but not limited
to the following:
The photographic companies, entrepreneurs and workers serving markets created as
a result of war
The requirements of military agencies and their involvement in photographic
innovation through funding the development of military imaging technology
The role of the state in commissioning, shaping and circulating photographic
images, and their relationship with foreign and domestic policy and military
The marketing of photographic products and services to servicemen/women and
civilians during wartime
The production and consumption of photographic merchandise (e.g. souvenirs,
The publication and dissemination of war images in the media, and the role of
consumers, editors and advertisers in shaping content
The market for art photography deploying military imaging techniques or which
critiques the role of photography in modern armed conflict 
Submission details
We invite proposals of 300 words with a brief biographical note or 1-page CV by
1 March 2014. Applicants will be notified by Friday 14 March. Drafts of papers
are due for circulation with co-panellists and chairs by Friday 27 June 2014.
It is envisaged that a selection of papers from the conference will be developed
for publication as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. The conference
organisers are currently discussing this possibility with the Editorial Board of
the Journal of War & Culture Studies. Although this will not preclude selection
to present at the conference, please state if your proposal has been previously
published in any form.
Organisers and partners
The Business of War Photography is co-convened by Dr. Tom Allbeson and Pippa
Oldfield, Head of Programme at Impressions Gallery and Doctoral Fellow at Durham
University. The conference is presented in association with the Centre for
Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University, in partnership with Durham Light
Infantry Museum and Art Gallery and Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
The conference will be held at Durham University, with opening papers and an
evening reception at Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, with the
opportunity to view the photographic exhibition The Home Front by Melanie
Friend, an Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Pippa Oldfield.
Information for delegates and speakers
Details of delegate fees, venues, and accommodation will be announced by 28
February 2014. Please note that we are unfortunately unable to meet
participants’ and speakers’ costs. A limited number of delegate places will
be offered to postgraduate attendees at concessionary rates.
Please submit proposals and enquiries to bwp.2014 at durham.ac.uk.

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 2.3.2014