2nd International Conference

Photography and Academic Research

Images in the Post-Truth Era

6-8 September 2018

Birkbeck College
University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX.


Donald Trump’s presidency began with a battle over images. Photographs had been reframed, his administration insisted, to detract from the largest inauguration crowd in history. When images of the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations showed otherwise, the new administration refused to back down. The production of knowledge in photography has been much debated, yet with little emphasis on the agents involved in this exchange and the production process. Building on Photography and Academic Research, an international event organised by Photography+(Con)Text at UCL in September 2016, this conference will address and critically discuss the power struggles between the photographer and the photographed in a world where these two roles are constantly interchangeable. It will draw on the history of photography to interrogate claims that photography finds itself in a changed socio-political context. Through roundtables, research panels, workshops and networking opportunities, this interdisciplinary event will promote collaboration and exchange between social researchers who use photography in their research and practitioners. It will serve as a space for photography, encouraging its uses, analyses and practices in social research and art.


This event is organised by Birkbeck’s Departments of PoliticsCultures and LanguagesGeography and History of Art, the Derek Jarman Lab, the Centre for Iberian and Latin and American Visual Studies and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre with the support of the Birkbeck Institute for Social ResearchBirkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the The Royal Anthropological Institute.


Keynote speakers

Steve Edwards (Professor of History & Theory of Photography at Birkbeck).

Sarah Walpole (Archivist and Photo Curator at the Royal Anthropological Institute) in conversation with Dr Barbara Knorpp (Brunel University).


 The conference is dedicated to the work and life of the social documentary photographer Carlos Reyes-Manzo


Conference Website

Birbeck College, School or Arts, History and Theory of Photography Research Centre: Photography and Academic Research: Images in the Post-Truth Era


Conference Registration


The call for papers is now closed but non-paper givers are welcome to register for the conference. To register for the conference as a presenter or participant please see here.


Conference Venue


Birkbeck is located in London’s Bloomsbury area. It is close to Tube and mainline rail stations, including Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, King's Cross/St Pancras and Euston.

Conference Director: Dr Marcel Reyes-Cortez

Conference Chair: Dr Dermot Hodson (Dep. of Politics, Birkbeck College)


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