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The First Century of Photography:

Photography as History/ Historicising Photography in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Territories (1839 – 1939)

June 22, 2018 – June 23, 2018

Rectorate Conference Hall at Boğaziçi University, Boğaziçi University 34342 Bebek, Istanbul

Boğazici University invite paper proposals for a workshop that will investigate the first one hundred years of photography in Ottoman and post-Ottoman territories, especially the Republic of Turkey but also the other successor states created out of the progressive dissolution of the empire (i.e. Greece and Balkan States, former Ottoman Middle Eastern and African provinces). While there has recently been an emergence of new exciting research on photography in these realms, many working in the field do not yet know of one another as they work in very different disciplines. This workshop aims to bring together an intellectual community of scholars engaged with photography and history so that we may better enrich future work.

Collectively we hope to engage questions such as what kinds of historical narratives are sparked, enriched, or obscured by photographs? What other kinds of knowledge are bundled with photographs? How does a photograph enter an archive and for what ends? What do photographs of the past teach us about our contemporary moment? Conversely, how can we escape presentist readings of historical photography?

Please submit an abstract (250 words) and short biography to by January 8, 2018. We will notify all applicants by February 15th.

Deadline for abstracts: 8 January 2018.

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