ACASA 2017 – CfP for our panel

The ACASA 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art, August 8 – 13, 2017, will be held on the University of Ghana, Legon campus.

This year, the symposium will include four panels and one roundtable on photography!

To submit your proposal go HERE. The call closes on January, 16 2017.

Below are the details about our panel:

Handling/Manipulating Photographs in Africa: New Perspectives in Photography History

Throughout its social life, a photographic image, be it on film or digitally rendered, is manipulated by various people. Often an untold aspect, the focus of this panel will be on the gestures, visible or not, which allow the appearance or the re-emergence of photographs at certain times and contexts under particular shapes: how do they affect the way we understand these images and the events they highlight? And what are the cultural, political, economic and social stakes underlying them?

All types of « post-production » gestures – from the editing process to those necessary for image conservation or even a photograph’s destruction – are concerned by this call, which supposes to move away from the general perspective which puts much emphasis on the image producer – the photographer – at the expense of all the stakeholders who routinely and physically handle the photographic object – by selecting, pasting, framing, exhibiting, printing, digitizing, conserving it (or not) –, thus highly contributing to enrich its polysemy.

Proposals may be based on:

– museum and/or curators’ practices which manage, keep, restore, show historical or contemporary photos;
– case studies of activists, politicians, virtual or real communities’ uses of particular images;
– practices of documentary film or art makers, who include archival or contemporary images (still or mobile) in their works;
– practices in publishing (selecting, retouching, captioning, printing images);
– the circulation of photographic images on the Internet: blogs/websites, and social networks.

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