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[ecrea] Photomemory: commemoration, memory, archive symposium

Mon Aug 06 12:14:13 GMT 2018

Registration <> is now open for the COMMEMORATION, MEMORY, ARCHIVE Symposium <> at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex on *4^th  and 5^th  September 2018*. The symposium investigates commemorative and memorial uses of personal, non-professional images in the digital age in the Global South. More information is available here:

The commemorative and memorial use of personal, private images in the context of large-scale violence and death has a long history. Private images have been continually employed to access worlds that no longer exist, to de-anonymize, individualize or humanize victims, to identify murderers and the murdered, to evidence contested events and to prove the existence of life before death. They populate archives, memorials and museums, places of public protest and, increasingly, myriad regions of the internet.This two-day symposium at the University of Sussex aims to explore real and perceived changes in the relationship(s) between private still images and the memorialization and commemoration of mass violence – including trauma – with a particular focus on practices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America in the digital age.

Keynote speakers:

·*Professor Elizabeth Edwards*, FBA (De Montfort University)

·*Professor Ludmila da Silva Catela* (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba Museum   of Anthropology, Archivo Provincial de la Memoria)

·*Claver Irakoze* (Rwanda Genocide Archive/Aegis Trust Rwanda)

·*Dr Gil Pasternak* (De Montfort University)

The symposium will also feature a free screening of */The Faces We Lost/ <>* (2017) –a documentary film about the memorial and commemorative uses of private photographs in Rwanda – followed by a Q&A with the director.

The symposium is free to attend but you will need to register here:

*Registration closes on 27^th August.*

Below, you will find a provisional programme <>. Please disseminate this to anyone who might be interested.

Best wishes,


*“Photomemory” symposium - provisional programme:*


*4^th September *


*9.00 – 10.00*– Coffee and registration

*10.00 – 10.15*– Welcome and opening remarks

*10.15 – 11.15*– Keynote address 1:

What do people want photographs to be? Some thoughts on categories, assumptions and theories – *Professor Elizabeth Edwards.*Chair: *Benedict Burbridge***


*11.15 – 11.30*– Break

*11.30 – 13.00*– *Panel 1:*“Private” archives and violent public pasts


Learning from /Los Talleres de Fotografia Social (TAFOS)/in Peru: the legacy of its images and for its citizen photographers – *Tiffany Fairey*


The battleground of wartime ,emory in Kashmir: The SB Photographic Archive – *Nathaniel Brunt*


Re-invoking the past in the present through personal archives and private images in Zimbabwe*– Tshuma Lungile*

*13.00 – 14.00*– Lunch break**

*14.00 – 15.00 - *Keynote address 2

The importance of victims’ images in commemorating and memorializing the genocide against the Tutsi. The case study of the Genocide Archive of Rwanda – *Claver Irakoze*

*15.00 – 16.00*- *Panel 2:*Absences, presences and ethics – private archive and the state**


Archiving in the absence of a state: civil society in Libya – *Laura McDonnell*

Ethics, commemoration and digital display of Biafra Civil War on social media*- **Olakunle Michael Folami***

*16.00 – 17.30*– Coffee break and networking

*18.00 – 19.30*– Screening of /The Faces We Lost /(2017) followed by Q&A with *Piotr Cieplak* and *Claver Irakoze*.

*20.30*– Conference Dinner


*5^th September*

*9.00 – 9.30*– Coffee

*9.30 – 11.15*– Keynote address 3

Shedding photographic light on the darkness of disappearance: An ethnography of collective and private rituals in the face of political violence in Argentina – *Prof Ludmila da Silva Catela. *Chair: *Piotr Cieplak*


*11.15 – 11.30 *- Break

*11.30 – 13.00 **Panel 3: *Evidence, ethics, authenticity and institutions **

Memory work, photo-elicitation and auto-ethnography:Private photographs of soldiers – *Stuart Griffiths (TBC)*

The ethics and agency(-ies) of digital media in prison - from Abu Ghraib to the prison-industrial complex: spectacle and invisibility in prison selfies– *Berenike Jung*

Legal fragments: Images, evidence and authenticity at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – *Benjamin Thorne*


*13.00 – 14.00 *– Lunch

*14.00 – 15.00*– *Panel 4:*Tensions and trajectories: re-defining “private” and “public”**


Exhuming Apartheid: Photography, Memorialisation and Erasure– *Kylie Thomas*

The itineraries and re-use of photographs in Mbouda, Cameroon – Evidence from the Jacques Toussele archive – *Prof David Zeitlyn***

*15.00 – 15.45*– Coffee break and networking

*15.45 – 16.45*– Keynote address 4

Online Communities Offline:Digital Heritage in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - *Gil Pasternak*


*16.45 – 17.00*– Closing remarks

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