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CALL FOR PAPERS

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Cincias Sociais e Humanas


(UNL/FCSH)
&
Centre for research in Communication, Information and Digital Culture /FCSH
(CIC.Digital / FCSH)
&
Communication and Language Research Centre / FCSH
(CECL / FCSH)
&
Institute of Contemporary History / FCSH
(IHC / FCSH)
&
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
(BELAS-ARTES ULISBOA)
&
National Museum of Contemporary Art Museu do chiado, Lisbon

International Conference
THE LEFT CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM CRITICISM

Since the late nineteenth century, the printed photograph in the media stood as a powerful tool for
denouncing social injustice and claiming better life conditions i.e. as seen in the work of Jacob
Riis, Lewis Hine, or Joshua Benoliel, among many others. In the early decades of the twentieth
century the use of images had a significant boost with film, when directors such as Flaherty,
Eisenstein, John Grierson, Vertov, Dvorjenko or Ivens, combining documental intentions with
avant-garde experimental claims, made possible to discuss political and historical conditions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate photographs and film as a social tool from a
leftist stance. In particular, to examine and explore the relation of documentary practices and
political commitment in different historical circumstances throughout the twentieth and the twenty
first centuries.

The seminar/conference together with a film projection program will take place at Contemporary
Art Museum of Chiado in Lisbon on November 16-18 2017.

We invite paper submission of no more than 500 words abstract that focuses on photography and
film related to:
the creation of documentary as a social and political weapon;
the soviet revolution as an experimental wave in photography, design and film;
anticolonial and postcolonial imagery;
women rights and feminist imagery;
avant gardes and ideology claims;
the role of images in the leftist movements;
Contemporary art practices and social and political criticism;
Alan Sekula legacy and the political commitment with images.

Keynote speakers
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Steve Edwards (Birbeck College)

Conference Venue & Dates


Museu Nacional de Arte Contempornea - Museu do Chiado / National Museum of Contemporary
Art Museu do Chiado
Faculdade das Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
November 16-17-18, 2017

Languages
English

Fees
Paper Submission: free
Regular Registration: 40
Student Registration: 25

Please send your abstracts until July 21st, 2017 to:


paulo.catrica@gmail.com
detomasi.filippo@gmail.com
lais.ines@gmail.com