CFP: Conference on the Historical Use of Images

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C-HIM: Conference on the Historical Use of Images
An International Workshop Organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University
of Brussels) and FARO – Vlaams Steunpunt voor Cultureel Erfgoed, Belgium
Date: March 11, 2009
Location: FARO – Vlaams Steunpunt voor Cultureel Erfgoed
Priemstraat 51
1000 Brussels

Call for Papers
This international workshop addresses the importance, significance and value of images
for contemporary historical and archaeological research and the study of cultural heritage
(1880-1980), focusing both on the positive insights that might be garnered from visual
material as well as on the possible difficulties.

Photographs, posters, drawings, comic book illustrations et cetera will be examined on
different levels: the author and his/her intentions, the representation of a reality, the
construction of identities, rights and inequalities and the reception of images.
The workshop aims at debating and evaluating various methodological and theoretical
approaches to using images as historical sources and interpret the images as valuable
historical evidence that is equal to and supplements other sources available to historians,
archaeologists and researchers in the field of cultural heritage.

The morning session consists of a masterclass, conducted by dr. Anne Cronin
(Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, UK), and a lecture by dr. Marga
Altena (Working group Visual Culture) (under reserve). In the afternoon, dr. Kees
Ribbens (historian, The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) will talk about his
experience in the field of popular culture and cultural heritage and about how visual
sources determine our vision of the past. Thereafter, PhD and Master students and other
researchers are invited to present their research.

We invite paper submissions on a range of topics related to the use of images as historical evidence and encourage papers on the following themes:

• aspects of everyday life (e.g. housing)
• material culture and the cultural life of objects
• advertising
• the impact of visual sources on our vision of the past
• cultural and representational issues (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, power)
• consumer culture
• methodological approaches to visual sources
• images as cultural heritage

The format is a 20 minute paper presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions and
discussion. PhD and Master students and other young researchers are particularly
encouraged to respond. The language of communication is English.
A selection of the papers will be published (in English) in a special issue of the Revue
Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire.

Abstracts and papers
Interested students and researchers are expected to submit a short curriculum and an
abstract in English of approximately 300 words in electronic form to:
by 20 October 2008.

Submission should inlcude the author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number and email.
Succesful applicants will be notified by 25 October 2008 and are asked to submit a paper
of approximately 6000 words in electronic form to the same address by 4 March 2009.

Registration and lunch: 15 euro
For further information, please check

Joeri Januarius
Nelleke Teughels
PhD Students
Faculty of History
Faculty of Art History and Archaeology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0) 629 12 77


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