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The Field of the ‘Photographable’ in Africa

Call for papers


Addis Ababa, French Center for Ethiopian Studies, April 21-22 2020 (Ethiopia).

These 2 day-activities (with a workshop, a forum, and a conference) aim to offer a platform to discuss how photographers and researchers make use of photography to account for social realities they are not part of, which is often the case when it comes to Africa. Firstly, it will provide space to study photographs of Africa as well as the vision their photographers have of their work, and confront them to the vision of photographers and researchers who work on their own sociocultural milieux. Secondly, the objective is to account for the ways in which these photographs are received, whether in the locations where they were taken or in other locations (notably in the places where their photographers originate from).

This gathering addresses academics, photographers and students interested in conducting empirical and theoretical projects in the fields of visual sociology, visual anthropology, visual culture studies, journalism & digital media on contemporary African realities and beyond.

Sumission :
- For abstracts submission (academic workshop) : Max. 3 500 signs, English. Please send your abstract by email to the following address : cperrinjoly@gmail.com ; cjossedurand@ifra-nairobi.net
- In parallel, an exhibition on Work in Africa will be held in the French Alliance in April 2020.
- For photographs submission (exhibition) : Max. 5000 signs, English. Please send 3 to 5 pictures with a paper presenting your approach.

Deadline for submission : February 28th, 2020

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