8-10 May 2018

Venue: The City Museum of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (Ljubljana), Slovenia, in association with Liber pro Arte (Warsaw), Humboldt University (Berlin), Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague), Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw) and Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University (Leicester).

The conference is supported by the Museum of Galleries of Ljubljana, the City of Ljubljana and the Czech Academy of Sciences within the Strategy AV21 framework.

Keynote speakers:

Marianna Michałowska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Ilija Tomanić Trivundža (University of Ljubljana)

Click here for a downloadable version of the programme

Click here to register (registration will close on 30 April 2018)

Since its very beginnings, professional as well as non-professional photographers have used photography in Central and Eastern Europe to record all aspects of life. Photography has thus participated in spreading and shaping knowledge about the region, its people, and the rest of the world. In spite of the central role photography has played in the diverse socio-cultural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, research on its history in this part of the continent is still little appreciated and remains understudied. The 2018 conference in Ljubljana will be the third in a series of international conferences initiated in Warsaw in 2016 with the aim of developing and promoting interdisciplinary studies about photography and its histories in the region.

In 2018, we seek to enhance understandings of the mechanisms and realities that have influenced the development of local photographic practices and their relationship with uses of photography elsewhere. We also aspire to expand knowledge about social and cultural customs that facilitated the circulation and legacies of photographs throughout the medium’s history in the region. Papers will therefore address a range of interrelated topics, including but not limited to:

  • The history and state of photographic collections/archives, the opportunities they present and the challenges they face
  • The history and state of local research practices and academic discourses on photography (research topics, theory and methodology)
  • The circulation of photographs and photographic images in public and private spheres and their impact on collective imaginations in Central and Eastern Europe (e.g. the uses of photography in art, media, politics…)

All presentations will be delivered in English

Conference fee: Regular fee 15€, student fee 10€, dinner 20€. Speakers are exempt from the registration fee; however, the dinner on 8 May is optional, but recommended and is at each participant’s own cost. All registration fees and dinner costs are preferred to be paid in advance in EUR to the following bank account: MUSEUM AND GALLERIES OF LJUBLJANA // Address: Gosposka 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia // IBAN: SI56012616000002125 // SWIFT: BSLJSI2X // Payment reference (obligatory!): “Conference PhCEE” + your first & last name // A letter of confirmation will be sent by email once the conference secretariat has received the complete registration form and the related payment. If you find the payment via bank transfer impossible, you will be given an option to pay in cash or by card at your arrival. Please note however that we consider the submission of the registration form as your final confirmation of attendance.

Click here to register (registration will close on 30 April 2018)

Contact: photographycee@liberproarte.eu

Organisational support and further information about the venue: Marija Skočir, marija.skocir@mgml.si

Organisation and Advisory Committee: 

Marija Skočir (Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana)

Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Independent Researcher)

Marta Ziętkiewicz (Liber pro Arte, Warsaw)

Petra Trnková (Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

Tomáš Dvořák (Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and FAMU, Prague)

Ewa Manikowska (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Gil Pasternak (Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester)

We would like to thank Julija Hoda (curatorial intern at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana) for her help and assistance with the organisation of the 2018 conference.