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CFP: Photography and Printed Matter (St Andrews, 3-4 Jun 2019)

This Association for Art History Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference which will highlight current doctoral and early career research in the field of photography and other forms of printed matter. Held at the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, the conference aims to explore the links between process and product, as well as drawing attention to the variety of different practices and techniques often categorised under the rubric of ‘prints’.

Note: Please visit the 'External Link' below for the full text of the CFP and for information about the keynote speakers.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
- The significance and legacy of St Andrews in the history of photography
- The impact of the replication and reproducibility of images in art history
- The importance of process on final product e.g. the collaborative nature of printmaking, the role of technology in the creation of art, the different types of printmaking mechanisms (lithography, screenprints, or printing in wax through the medium of sealing)
- Histories of collecting and curating ephemeral objects, including the role of photography in the museum as a means of conservation or display
- Practice-led or practice-based approaches to photography and print-making
- Printed matter in the widest possible remit, including the use of images, captions and illustrations in manuscripts, books, and comics
- The various purposes and contexts in which photography and prints are deployed e.g. medical, anthropology, scientific, microscopic
- The role of print making technologies in reception and art history e.g. the photographing of artworks
- Cameraless photography and the intersection of photography and printmaking
- Writing the histories and theories of photography

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers which explore these themes or which address any other aspect of legacies of photography and printed matter across history. The Summer Symposium is organised by the Association for Art History’s Doctoral and Early Career Research Network. The 2019 organisers are Clare Fisher (University of St Andrews) and Clare Nadal (University of Huddersfield/ The Hepworth Wakefield).

To propose a paper:
Please send a Word document with your contact information, paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical note. The submission of abstracts is open to current doctoral researchers and early career researchers within 5 years of receiving their doctorate.

Proposals should be sent to by 29 March 2019.

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