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Jarislowsky Institute 2019 Spring School

Date & time

Monday, June 17, 2019 –
Friday, June 21, 2019 (all day)


This event is free

Wheelchair accessible


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Spring School/École de printemps (ÉdP) 2019
Sites of Photographic Knowledge: Archives - Narratives
Montreal and Quebec City
17 – 21 June 2019

Organized by the research team, Formes actuelles de l’expérience photographique : Épistémologies, pratiques, histoires.

Concordia University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Université Laval

  • Twenty emergent scholars.
  • Five days, two cities.
  • An established research team.
  • Guest theorists and artists.
  • Visits to studios, exhibitions, and research centres.
  • A site of dialogue and reflection on photographic knowledge.

For this second Spring School, we are calling for proposals from doctoral and postdoctoral students whose research contributes to photographic studies from any of its many perspectives (history of photography, art history, visual arts, sociology, aesthetics, anthropology, visual studies, cultural studies, and communications). Strengthening our focus on art practice, we are equally interested in proposals from master’s students in visual arts programs, and from graduate students in research-creation programs.

The theme of the 2019 Spring School is Sites of Photographic Knowledge: Archives - Narratives. Historically situated and dated, these symbolic realms embody knowledge and confer power; they can be correlated with practices or referred to shared experiences.

Archives and studies of archival methodology address the classification and formation of knowledge. We are interested in research mobilization practices that complicate and communicate readings of archival photographic collections, as well as artist-curatorial projects that bring the archive to life.

Narratives is an overarching theme that ranges from broad historiographical and methodological questions to themes related to content. Critical analysis, which tends to focus on written language, is expanded through attention to image-texts, sequences and clusters – to forms that deliver narratives and counternarratives.

The Spring School will host twenty participants selected by the scientific committee in relation to the two themes. Accommodation in Montreal will be provided for ten students from out of town.

The event will take the form of a one-week seminar that brings participants together with members, guest academics and artists. As well as discussions focusing on the various papers, there will be brainstorming sessions, creative workshops, and visits to key sites related to photographic creation and dissemination in Quebec. The goal is to facilitate exchange between participants using a flexible and spontaneous pedagogical approach based on interaction between different sites and spaces of experience. Abstracts and recommended readings will be circulated before the event.

Students wishing to earn course credits for their participation in the School must obtain permission from their institution of affiliation.

About FAEP:

FORMES ACTUELLES DE L’EXPÉRIENCE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE : ÉPISTÉMOLOGIES, PRATIQUES, HISTOIRES is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, interuniversity, and inter-institutional research team whose individual programs converge on the problematics of photographic knowledge. Interdisciplinary because we are intent on the relational structure of photographic meaning and how it impacts on society. Intergenerational because exchanges between established and emergent scholars are pinpointing key areas of investigation in a field accelerated by new technologies. Interuniversity because photographic studies in Quebec institutions has developed distinct and complementary strengths whose combination has the potential to enrich photographic discourse in all its artistic, scientific, social, and pedagogical settings. Inter-institutional as our research in the emergent phase has demonstrated clearly that different institutions – libraries, archives, art galleries, laboratories, information bureaus, artists’ studios, and universities – make different demands on the image, which responds with different declarations. As a team of established and emerging researchers, as well as key collaborators, we are not just studying the sources of photographic knowledge, we are redefining the field of photographic studies in terms of constellated experience. Our biennial spring school (ÉdP) is central to this process.

Members of the FAEP Research Group:

Martha Langford, Concordia University.
Richard Baillargeon, Université Laval.
Maxime Coulombe, Université Laval.
Louis Jacob, Université du Québec à Montréal.
Vincent Lavoie, Université du Québec à Montréal.
Luce Lebart, Archives of Modern Conflict, London.
Suzanne Paquet, Université de Montréal.
Nicola Pezolet, Concordia University.
Marisa Portolese, Concordia University.
Eduardo Ralickas, Université du Québec à Montréal.
Zoë Tousignant, McCord Museum.
Sarah Watson, Artexte.
Anne Whitelaw, Concordia University.

FAEP Coordinator, Michelle Macleod, Concordia University.
ÉdP administrator: Brenda Dionne, Concordia University.

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