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Institute of Advanced Study

IAS Fellow's Seminar

Fellow: Elizabeth Edwards

Chair: Tony Wilkinson

Title: Photography and the translation of histories?

Professor Elizabeth Edwards will present ideas which have emerged from her recent work on the relationship between photography and popular historical imagination at the turn of the 19th century. What kind of historiographical act can photography be? Professor Edwards wants to move beyond the usual categories used, of representation, realism, document, index, which lock thinking about photography into specific discourses. Instead, following Walter Benjamin's classic essay and the work of cultural theorist Mieke Bal, she is beginning to explore the idea of translation to see if that might help find a more fluid, less determinist way of thinking about the act of photographic inscription and the embodied experience of photographers.

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