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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Visual Culture / Visual Anthropology: A Research Conversation

21st June 2016, 09:30 to 18:00, Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede College, Durham University

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in questions of visual culture and visual anthropology. Colleagues in departments around the University are working on visual texts and/or material artefacts and unlocking crucial information about human experiences and the cultures and civilizations that produced them. This work, which assumes many and manifold forms, is fundamentally interdisciplinary in character, and has implications for researchers working in a range of fields. It is all too often the case, however, that colleagues in one part of the University remain unaware of some of the exciting, innovative, and potentially complementary developments taking place elsewhere.

The purpose of this conversation, therefore, is to draw colleagues together and provide a forum for informal exchange and open-ended discussion, partly with a view to understanding how approaches to visual culture and visual anthropology are being shaped within the University, and partly to encourage the development of collaborative research strategies, potentially including proposals for large-scale grant-capture.

Suggestions for 10-minute ‘position’ or ‘provocation’ papers, drilling down to the kernel of individual research interests, are invited on any aspect of visual culture / visual anthropology. Titles and short abstracts (of no more than 100 words) should be sent to the organizer, Professor Andy Beresford (, by 28 January 2016.

The conversation, hosted by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, is free to attend, and tea, coffee, and a buffet lunch will be provided. For logistical reasons, the number of places is capped at 40, and so early booking is advised.

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