Conference // Reframing Family Photography (Sept. 21-23, 2017) @ Royal Ontario Museum and Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

 Reframing Family Photography conference at the Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T (M. Kasumovic, 2017)

Reframing Family Photography conference at the Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T (M. Kasumovic, 2017)

This conference brought together over 120 international scholars, practitioners, curators and students to re-examine the family photography and develop new ways of investigating the cultural politics of this genre. The first plenary session focused on key concepts, and it featured Marianne Hirsch, Martha Langford, Deborah Willis, Laura Wexler, and Gayatri Gopinath. Other plenary sessions examined family photographs in relation to Indigenous Kinships (with Richard Hill and Carol Payne), Collecting and Archiving (with Fiona Kinsey, Luce Lebart, Mark Sealy and Rahaab Allana), and Colonial and Carceral Contexts (with Tina Campt and Nicole Fleetwood). Over the course of the plenary sessions and twelve additional panels, the conference explored family photographs in the contexts of violence, migration, and dislocation.

Conference Committee: Thy Phu, Elspeth Brown, Sarah Bassnett, Sarah Parsons, Melanie Wilmink and Sajdeep Soomal