Call for papers: Conference on the Historical Use of Images

Where? FARO – Vlaams Steunpunt voor Cultureel Erfgoed (Brussels)
When? 11th of March 2009

This international workshop addresses the importance, significance and value
of images for contemporary historical and archaeological research and the
study of cultural heritage (1880-1980), focusing both on the positive
insights that might be garnered from visual material as well as on the
possible difficulties.

Photographs, posters, drawings, comic book illustrations et cetera will be
examined on different levels: the author and his/her intentions, the
representation of a reality, the construction of identities, rights and
inequalities and the reception of images. The workshop aims at debating and
evaluating various methodological and theoretical approaches to using images
as historical sources and interpret the images as valuable historical
evidence that is equal to and supplements other sources available to
historians, archaeologists and researchers in the field of cultural

The morning session consists of a masterclass, conducted by dr. Anne Cronin
(Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, UK) ), and a lecture by
dr. Marga Altena (Working group Visual Culture) (under reserve) . In the
afternoon, dr. Kees Ribbens (historian, The Netherlands Institute for War
Documentation) will talk about his experience in the field of popular
culture and cultural heritage and about how visual sources determine our
vision of the past. Thereafter, PhD and Master students and other
researchers are invited to present their research.

We invite paper submissions on a range of topics related to the use of
images as historical evidence and encourage papers on the following themes:
– aspects of everyday life (e.g. housing)
– material culture and the cultural life of objects
– advertising
– the impact of visual sources on our vision of the past
– cultural and representational issues (gender, ethnicity, sexuality,
– consumer culture
– methodological approaches to visual sources
– images as cultural heritage

The format is a 20 minute paper presentation followed by 10 minutes of
questions and discussion. PhD and Master students and other young
researchers are particularly encouraged to respond. The language of
communication is English.

A selection of the papers will be published (in English) in a special issue
of the Revue Belge de Philologie et d¹Histoire.

Abstracts and papers
Interested students and researchers are expected to submit a short
curriculum and an abstract in English of approximately 300 words in
electronic form to: by 20 Octobre 2008. Submission should
inlcude the author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail.
Succesful applicants will be notified by 25 Octobre 2008 and are asked to
submit a paper of approximately 6000 words in electronic form to the same
address by 4 March 2009


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