A seminar aiming to bring together scholars from across Oxford and beyond to consider problems in ‘local’ collections, as well as to explore photography more generally from a wide variety of historical, material and theoretical perspectives.
The Photography Seminar
co-organizers: Mirjam Brusius and Geraldine Johnson
Bodleian Library, Oxford University
We are pleased to announce a new research seminar on all aspects of photography, co-hosted by the History of Art Department and the Bodleian Library. The Bodleian’s recent acquisition of papers by William Henry Fox Talbot is simply the latest addition to Oxford’s rich and varied collections of photographic material. Like the researchers who work on photography at Oxford, these materials can be found in many different—and at times unexpected—departments, institutions and intellectual contexts. The aim of the seminar is to bring together scholars from across Oxford and beyond to consider some of these ‘local’ collections, as well as to explore photography more generally from a wide variety of historical, material and theoretical perspectives. To this end, the seminar will begin this term with two site visits to Oxford collections in order to initiate what will hopefully become an ongoing conversation amongst scholars, curators and archivists about the place of photography, both literally and metaphorically. The seminar will continue next term with a combination of further site visits and work-in-progress research papers in order to encourage dialogue and debate.
February 3, 2015
Larry Schaaf and Mirjam Brusius in conversation with Geraldine Johnson.
Weston Library (Visiting Scholars Centre and Horton Room), Broad Street, Oxford
• RSVP by Jan. 28 to book a place: lunch provided at 12:30pm (Visiting Scholars Centre, 2 floor),
• Please leave your belongings in the lockers on the ground floor.
Followed on March 3rd with another event:
Photography and the Institute of Archeology
Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider in conversation with Mirjam Brusius
The Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford
• RSVP by Feb. 25 to book a place (space is very limited—only 10 can be accommodated)
• Bring your own lunch for informal discussion starting at 12:30pm, programme begins at 1pm
To RSVP and for further information, contact: Mirjam.Brusius@history.ox.ac.uk
Image: Photographic specimen by W.H.F. Talbot (Talbot Archive, Bodleian Library).