Seeing Race: The Photographic Archive

Thursday, October 30, 2008

3-5pm
203 Butler Library

How do shifts in visual technology produce and represent racial difference and engender archives?  How do technologies of observation create subjects, natives, and enemies?  This panel will consider the role of photography as a technology of gendering and racialization.  Drawing on a variety of archives and counter-archives, panelists will focus on single images to look at how race and gender become visible.

Panelists: Elizabeth Abel, author of Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis and the forthcoming The Visual Politics of Jim Crow; Jonathan Beller, author of The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle; Tina Campt, author of Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich and the forthcoming Imaging Black Europe: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora, and Anne Cheng, author of The Melancholy of Race

Seeing Race: The Photographic Archive