One-day postgraduate symposium
25 November 2014
Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK)
Photographic Histories of Psychology seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their histories. Its aim is twofold: to uncover how psychological notions have informed photographic practices, and to bring into light the historical role that photography has played in the making of psychological knowledge and its public dissemination.
The emergence of psychology as a scientific discipline and the popularization of photography occurred in parallel in the last third of the nineteenth century. Since then, photographs have been used in psychological experiments, and psychological theories of perception have been applied to understand the reception of photography. Whereas much research has been done on these topics, only sparse scholarly literature has attended to other aspects such as the role that photographic images played in the configuration of psychological and psychiatric thinking in the nineteenth century, and the ways in which psychological findings have penetrated into popular culture by means of photography.
Photographic Histories of Psychology will contribute to this scholarship by reflecting on how photographic materials have circulated through scientific and non-scientific contexts. It proposes to analyse the ways in which professional and amateur photography have historically appropriated, negotiated, rejected and disseminated psychological ideas. Rather than focusing on the notion of photographic representation or its meaning, we invite contributors to examine how, for example, psychological definitions of memory have affected the notion of the archive and the family album; how psychological theories on emotions have incited different gestures and expressions in front of the camera; or what role the illustrated press has played in the dissemination or depathologization of psychological disorders. Conversely, the event also seeks to examine how practices such as photographing, collecting photographs, or posing for the camera have penetrated into psychological discourses. How, for instance, particular uses of photography have inspired psychological research into historically specific patterns of behaviour.
10:30 Welcome and Introduction: Beatriz Pichel
11:00 First Session
Cristina Moraru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University): “Post-Memory Processes. The Reproduction of Psychological Past Through Photography”
Allison Heutz (Ecole du Louvre): “The Scientific Study of Emotions in France at the Turn of the Century”
David Keller (Universitat zu Lubeck): “Picturing a Person’s Essence: Photographic Materials as Epistemic Instruments in the History of Early Personality Diagnosis”
13:30 Keynote Lecture:
Dr. Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick): “Photography and the Landscape of the Child in Twentieth Century Britain”
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Second session
Leticia Fernandez (University of Greenwich): “Imagining the Uprooted Child: Pain, Separation anxiety and the Second World War”
Julie Mazaleigue (Universite de Picardie Jules Verne): “Mental Disorders, Degeneration and Criminality (1880-1910): The Photographs of “Stigmata of Degeneration”, a History Between Psychology, Criminology, Police and Collective Representations”
Katherine Rawling (Royal Holloway): ““The Photographs Illustrating the Book are Good and Well Chosen”. Photography and the Configuration of Psychiatric Knowledge in Late-Nineteenth Century Books”
David Gentilcore, Edigio Priani (University of Leicester): “Towards an Iconography of Pellagrous Insanity in Venice, 1873-1912”
17:00 Open Discussion 17:30 Wine Reception
For further information and questions, please contact Dr. Beatriz Pichel firstname.lastname@example.org
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