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The Itinerant Languages of Photography

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What is the role of photography in the construction of collective memory and the archive? Photography is presently at the centre of the debate on the role of representation, authorship and reception in contemporary art and culture. At a time when the impact of the new technologies is bringing about great changes, photography is increasingly circulating among the most diverse disciplines of the humanities, arts and social sciences. Eminent specialists in the field will discuss this multiple itinerancy of photography (international, technological and among the disciplines) at the different sessions of the debate. This event is part of “The Itinerant Languages of Photography: Images, Media and Archives in an International Context”, a research project headed by Princeton University (Global Collaborative Research Fund) with the participation of the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Grup de Recerca en Literatura Comparada de l’Institut Universitari de Cultura – University Institute of Culture Research Group on Comparative Literature).



Monday 23 May


10 a.m. WELCOME AND PRESENTATION ( *)


Eduardo Cadava and Gabriela Nouzeilles, directors of the Princeton University project “The Itinerant Languages of Photography: Images, Media and Archives in an International Context”, and Antonio Monegal, Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Pompeu Fabra University and coordinator of the Research Group on Comparative Literature.


10.30 a.m. LECTURE (*)


14 SEPTEMBER 1936 AND 11 SEPTEMBER 2001: TWO DOCUMENTS OF TERROR Francesc Torres, visual artist.


12 noon RESEARCH SEMINAR I: THE SPACES OF PHOTOGRAPHY (*)


BUILDING, PHOTOGRAPHY, TIME
Joel Smith, Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum.


MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC: THE ROLE OF THE DIGITAL MEDIA IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF AESTHETIC IMAGINARIES
Jorge Luis Marzo, art historian, exhibition curator, writer and lecturer at the Elisava School of Design/Pompeu Fabra University.


Moderator: Gabriela Nouzeilles, Professor of Latin American Literature at Princeton University.


(*) Sessions in English


4.30 p.m. DIALOGUE


Ricard Martínez and Natasha Christia, members of the project Arqueologia del Punt de Vista (Archaeology of the Viewpoint), in discussion with María de los Santos García Felguera, lecturer in Art History and History of Photography at the Pompeu Fabra University.


5.30 p.m. RESEARCH SEMINAR II: THE POLITICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY


REVOLUTION IS A LANGUAGE
Ariella Azoulay, director of the international research group Photo-Lexic and of Photo-Lab, at the Minerva Humanities Center of the University of Tel Aviv.


TOWARDS A GRAMMAR OF EMERGENCY
Hal Foster, Professor of Art at Princeton University.


Moderator: Eduardo Cadava, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University.


7.30 p.m. LECTURE


IMAGES: EXCESSES AND DEFICITS
Joan Fontcuberta, artist, essayist, critic, art promoter specialising in photography, and lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University.


Sessions with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish



Tuesday 24 May


10.30 a.m. RESEARCH SEMINAR III: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ARTS (*)


THE FILM MAGAZINE AS ARCHIVE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL IMAGINARY IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE FRANCO REGIME
Jo Labanyi, Professor of Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Director of the King Juan Carlos I Center at the New York University.


SEEING THE LIGHT: LAS MENINAS IN THE WORK OF JEFF WALL
Angel G. Loureiro, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Criticical Theory at Princeton University.


Moderator: Miquel Berga, lecturer in English Philology at the Pompeu Fabra University.


(*) Sessions in English


12.30 p.m. DIALOGUE


Manel Esclusa, photographer, in conversation with Rafael Argullol, Professor of Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts at the Pompeu Fabra University.


Session in Spanish


5 p.m. RESEARCH SEMINAR IV: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ARCHIVE


DOCUMENT AND PUBLIC SPACE: ON THE UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE EXHIBITION
Jorge Ribalta, photographer, exhibition curator and art critic.


I’VE DECIDED TO GIVE IT ANOTHER LOOK
Thomas Keenan, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Project at Bard College.


Moderator: Carles Guerra, Director of the La Virreina Image Centre, artist, critic and lecturer in Contemporary Art at the Pompeu Fabra University.


7 p.m. LECTURE


IT’S DIFFICULT
Alfredo Jaar, visual artist, architect and film maker.


8 p.m. CLOSING SESSION


Sessions with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish

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