Wer-Was-Wo - Detailanzeige

Ergebnisanzeige "Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelPicturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory
BeschreibungPicturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory

Conference organisers: Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dr Nathalie Wourm, Dr Joanne Leal in conjunction with BRAKC
(Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community).
Conference 10th & 11th July
Room 414 Birkbeck Main Building, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HX

Conference programme

This conference will set out to explore how concepts of family have been acted out, reinvented, or deconstructed, through various media including the visual arts, literature, and museum exhibitions, across the centuries. The family picture will be considered both in its figurative and artefactual forms. We will look at the significance of the family picture in literary works or films (e.g. W.G. Sebald, Georges Perec¹s W, or the Memory of Childhood, or Pedro Almodovar¹s All About my Mother), and we will consider alternative concepts of family and kinship as pictured in paintings, photographs, graphic novels, and other visual media. We are interested in media transfers, the question of what happens to family pictures when they are included in literary or visual narratives whether these are autobiographical or fictional. We aim to explore how different media reproduce or replace the family picture, or evoke it once it becomes lost (e.g. through ekphrasis). We are also interested in the types of narratives that are created in museums, social media and family albums, through displays of family pictures and portraits.

Key questions to be examined will include: what are the changing conventions of the family picture and how do they reflect the changing conceptions of the institution of the family? Who is the addressee of the family portrait? How do family narratives and family pictures inform each other? What is the role of family pictures in individual and cultural memory? Is the family a privileged site of memorial transmission (Aleida Assmann, Marianne Hirsch)? Has it become the central trope through which national history is framed? What role do family pictures play within other cultural forms, e.g. in literature or film? Can other cultural forms offer alternatives to the kinds of family portrait we associate with photography?

Keynote speakers are: Professor Martha Langford (Concordia University, Montreal), Professor Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary University, London) and Professor Daniela Berghahn (Royal Holloway, London).

Registration & Payment:

Birkbeck staff and Birkbeck students
Standard: £30 &
£15 (non Birkbeck students)


Day 1 - Thursday 10 July 2014

9.30 – 9.45 : Registration and coffee

9.45 –10.45: Keynote 1 - Professor Martha Langford
“Indefinite Articles: Family Photographs as Objects of Research”

10.45 – 11.00: Break

11.00 – 12.30: Panel 1- Social Media and Amateur Filming

Richard L. MacDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London), ‘Peripheral Vision, Urban Landscapes and the Recirculation of Family Photographs on Social Media’

Matthew Kerry (Nottingham Trent University), ‘Family Narratives/Narrative Families: Re-presenting the Family in Amateur Film’

Giuseppina Sapio (University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris), ‘A Study of the Practice of Home Movie Filming in France’

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch (own arrangements)

13.30 – 15.00: Panel 2 - Reconstructions of the Family

Mihaela Precup (University of Bucharest), ‘Comrades and Hippies: A Family Album from the Romanian Communist Dictatorship’

Regine Criser (University of North Carolina), ‘Talking to the Dead: Family Portraits in Post 1989 Germany’

Henk Vynckier (Tunghai University, Taiwan), ‘“They Won’t Hurt You”: Ancestral Portrait Galleries in European Literature from the Gothic Novel to The Leopard’

15.00 – 15.15: Break

15.15 – 16.45: Panel 3 - Alternative Families 1

Cornelia Ruhe (University of Mannheim), ‘¡Adios, familia! De/recomposing the Family in Spanish Films about the Franco Era’

Irene Pochetti (Cespra EHESS, Paris), ‘Dysfunctional Families and Street Children in Mexican Movies: A Model Through its Reversal’

Jyhene Kebsi (University of Sydney, Australia), ‘Picturing the Families of North African Illegal Immigrants: The Representation of Illegals’ Female Dependents in Tunisian and Moroccan Literature and Film’

16.45 – 17.15: Tea, coffee & pastries

17.15- 19.00: Panel 4 - Family Ties Network 1

Sally Waterman (Ravensbourne, London), ‘Literary Revisions of the Family Album: Between Remembering and Forgetting’

Jacqueline Butler (Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘Recalling Touch
In and Out of Focus’

Deborah Schultz (Richmond, American International University in London), ‘The (Re)constructed Self in the Safe Space of the Family Photograph’

Suze Adams (UWE Bristol), ‘Visual Meditations: Family Faces, Family Voices’


The Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square


20.30: Conference dinner

Day 2 – Friday 11 July 2014

9.45 –10.45: Keynote 2 - Professor Annette Kuhn

10.45 – 11.00: Break

11.00 – 12.30: Panel 5 – Representing the Self

Dana Mihǎilescu (University of Bucharest), ‘Family Pictures Constructing Narratives
of Transpersonal Being: On Svetlana Boym’s Visual Projects Unforeseen Past and
Touching Photographs – Most Wanted’

Julia Dobson (University of Sheffield), ‘Re-framing Family Photograph in Film: Dominque Cabrera’s First-Person Documentaries’

Géraldine Chouard (University of Paris-Dauphine), ‘Writer-cum-photographer Eudora Welty’s Autobiography: One Writer’s Beginnings, 1984’

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch (own arrangements) - Lunchtime Screening (room MAL 414)

Screening of On the Border (Lizzie Thynne, 56 mins, UK, 2012)

A daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history prompted by the letters, objects, and photographs left in her mother’s apartment.

13.30 – 15.00: Panel 6 – Alternative Families 2

Cecilia Sosa (University of East London), ‘Queering the Family of Victims in Post-Dictatorship Argentina’

Kaustav Bakshi (University of Calcutta), ‘The Family’s “Other”: Women, Queer Men and the Old in Select Sri Lankan Expatriate Fiction’

Elizabeth Reed (University of Sussex), ‘Collating “Diverse Little Pictures”: LGBTQ Parents Drawing Family Portraits with Media Representations’

15.00 – 15.15: Break

15.15 – 16.45: Panel 7 – Family Ties Network 2

Rosy Martin, ‘Unstable Narratives: Revisiting Familial Photographs’

Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University), ‘Memory, Subjectivity and Maternal Histories in ‘On the Border’ and other Recent Documentaries’

Nicky Bird (Glasgow School of Art), ‘Wanted: New Custodians for ‘family’ photographs’

16.45 – 17.15: Tea, coffee & pastries

17.15 – 18.15: Panel 8 – Transhuman Families

Robert de Young (Victoria University, Australia), ‘Maintaining Good Bloodlines: The Vampire Family’

David Herman (Durham University), ‘Kinds of Kin: Storytelling Practices, Biocentric Affiliation, and the Transhuman Family’

18.15 – 19.15: Keynote 3 - Professor Daniela Berghahn

“Diasporic Families and the Production of Locality in European Cinema”

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien
Ediert von  H-Germanistik
Ein Angebot vonGermanistik im Netz
URL dieses Wer-Was-Wo-Datensatzes

© Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik | Letzte Änderung 13.06.2014 | Impressum | Intern