CfP: Photographs as sources for writing histories of medicine, health, and healing in colonial and postcolonial Africa

CfP: Photographs as sources for writing histories of medicine, health, and healing in colonial and postcolonial Africa

This workshop seeks to apply theoretical and methodological insights produced by visual historians to the writing of histories of medicine, health and healing in colonial and postcolonial Africa. We invite graduate students, early career and established scholars who are employing photographs to write histories related to medicine, health and healing in Africa to present their work in progress and participate in discussion around these themes.

Photographs as sources for writing histories of medicine, health and healing in colonial and postcolonial Africa

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Over the last thirty years, photographs have become important sources of information for scholars seeking to reconstruct and examine the African past – whether related to material objects, social processes and practices, or attitudes and sensibilities. In employing visual evidence, historians and anthropologists recognise and reflect critically on photography as a complex and historically contingent practice, and images as polyvalent and often ambiguous artefacts.

This workshop seeks to apply theoretical and methodological insights produced by visual historians to the writing of histories of medicine, health and healing in colonial and postcolonial Africa. Over the course of the ca. 150 years since the introduction of photographic technology in Africa, it has been employed in a myriad of manners and settings related to health.

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Quelle: https://visual-history.de/2020/09/11/cfp-photographs-as-sources-for-writing-histories-of-medicine-health-and-healing-in-colonial-and-postcolonial-africa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cfp-photographs-as-sources-for-writing-histories-of-medicine-health-and-healing-in-colonial-and-postcolonial-africa

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Debate: Images & Archive

Debate: Images & Archive

The Images & Archives debate will bring together, on 30th July, at Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (NOVA FCSH) Lisboa, a group of researchers on the history and criticism of photography and cinema who work with historical images found in colonial archives. The particular condition of these images concerning their contexts and the processes of re-contextualization they are subjected to, the challenges put to the (re)construction of their history, as well as the specificity of images as a historical media are some of the topics under discussion.

Each participant will present a specific object, whether the films of the Timor Anthropology Mission, the photographs of bodies “medicalized” by the Anthropobiology Mission of Angola, or photographs of personal files, to reflect on the unique status of these images in their complex relationship with powers or with counter-powers, in a Visual Culture perspective.

The entrance is free.

The journey is organized by the historian Silvio Marcus de Souza Correa, Senior Visiting Professor abroad (CAPES fellow) from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, and by the Photo Impulse research project of ICNOVA.

Quelle: https://www.visual-history.de/2019/07/29/debate-images-archive/

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Starving Hereros

Starving Hereros

„Still, there is something predatory in the act of taking a picture.
To photograph people is to violate them,
by seeing them as they never see themselves,
by having knowledge of them they can never have;
it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed.
Just as a camera is a sublimation of a gun,
to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder,
appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”

Susan Sontag, On Photography[1]

 

Einleitung

Eine schwarz-weiße Fotografie mit neun Personen, die zu einem Gruppenbild versammelt sind: Sieben Personen stehen, zwei sitzen. Alle tragen einen Lendenschurz, der den Blick auf die untergewichtigen, ausgezehrten, geschwächten Körper freigibt. Drei Personen stützen sich mit einem Stock ab, einige tragen Halsketten als Schmuck.

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Quelle: https://www.visual-history.de/2018/11/19/starving-hereros/

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Tagung: Mediale Bilder von Afrika

 

Der afrikanische Kontinent besteht aus über 50 Ländern, in denen mehr als 1,1 Milliarde Menschen leben. Trotz der enormen Vielfalt des Kontinents ist die Afrikadarstellung in den euro-päischen Massenmedien oft durch drei Ks geprägt: Kriege, Krankheiten und Katastrophen. Länder so unterschiedlich wie Somalia und Südafrika, Tunesien und Tansania, Ägypten und Äquatorialguinea werden alle zum gleichen Konstrukt „Afrika“ homogenisiert. Daneben haben Exotisierungen und Romantisierungen häufig großen Einfluss auf das Afrikabild in den deutschen Medien, was dazu beiträgt, einem neokolonialen Blick Vorschub zu leisten. Gleichwohl besitzen auch afrikanische Repräsentationen des Kontinents keinen privilegierten Zugriff auf Wirklichkeit. Mediale Imaginationen lassen sich nie auf Anschauungen verkürzen, die mitunter gar „richtig“ oder „falsch“ wären. Imagination meint vielmehr einen medialen, d.h. vermittelnden wie vermittelten Prozess, der erst Wirklichkeit konstruiert.

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Quelle: https://www.visual-history.de/2017/11/15/tagung-mediale-bilder-von-afrika/

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