Appel à communication : « Photography and the everyday » (Nicosie, 2-4 décembre 2016)

portrait selfieResearch in historical, artistic and vernacular photography has been rapidly expanding in the past few years. Responding to this trend, the International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) was created with the aim to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical exploration of photography and photographic practices. The 4th International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2016) aims once again at bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields of study, who share a common interest in photography.

This year’s topic, ‘Photography and the Everyday’ investigates the current meanings, distribution, materiality, impact, and affect of vernacular photography (or else everyday photography) in relation to our economy of images. Furthermore, it aims to examine the ways vernacular photography influences, shapes and challenges memory, individual and collective identities, historical and other narratives, the social fabric, issues of authorship and authenticity, privacy and public life.

With the advent of the digital era, an unprecedented volume of photographs are being produced, shared and distributed, perhaps signalling a shift in our engagement with vernacular photography. Smartphones, tablets, social media and photo-sharing applications seem to have altered our economy of images, making everyday photography more immediate, accessible, shareable and visible than ever. The ease of taking vernacular photographs has resulted in fleeting, temporal, and what they are often described as ‘superficial’ images. However, the growing and overpowering number, the viral nature, and often personal – yet universally – understood content of such images cannot be easily dismissed. More so, online photographic collections have established a diverse and flexible channel for exchange of both images and discourse around everyday photography, whilst producers and consumers of photographic images have assumed curatorial roles over these collections.

We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) from various disciplines, such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts.

Submitted proposals for presentations should address, but are not limited to one or more of the following:

Vernacular, Snapshot and Everyday Photography
The nature of everyday photography: producing, collecting, displaying, categorizing and distributing the everyday image
The ephemeral nature of everyday photography
Found vernacular photography: issues of privacy and ownership
The Digital Archive: a new materiality
Personal photo album vs a shared public database
Redefining the family album
The digital rebirth of the surveillance society

Traces of Memory & Identity
Everyday image: memory, place and everyday life
The indexical nature of everyday digital photography
Digital memory: a fluid strand of memory
Sharing photographs online: constructing family and private life
Empowering through vernacular photography
Producing and consuming photographic images

The Effect of Photo-Sharing Applications & Social Networks
From Polaroid to Instagram
The Selfie phenomenon
Digital Photographic collections and communities: formulating, participating and social tagging
Collaborative photographic practices and experiences
Everyday photographic production and photo-sharing as a social process
Photo Diary/Weblog/Photostreams as narratives
Politics, revolutions and propaganda of photo-sharing

Art and Everyday Photography
The everyday/snapshot aesthetic in art photography
Artists’ use of everyday photography – found or (re)created
Issues of appropriation and assimilation
The personal and collective in everyday photography
Curating the vernacular
Simulating and performing the vernacular

To propose a paper, please send a 400-word (excluding references) abstract no later than June 1, 2016 to For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details (address, email, phone number), title of presentation, and a short biographical note (200 words) should be supplied on a separate document. Both documents (abstract and contact details) should be in English.

4th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2016)
December 2-4, 2016
at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre,
Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC]
Nicosia, Cyprus


Important Dates:
– Deadline for submission: June 1, 2016
– Notification of authors: July 15, 2016
– Deadline for early registration: September 15, 2016
– Deadline for late registration: October 15 2016
– Conference: December 2-4, 2016

Submitted proposals will go through a blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by July 15, 2016

Questions may be send to:

Members of the Organizing Committee (ICPT2016)
Nicolas Lambouris, Chair, Frederick University, Cyprus
Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Co-chair, Cyprus University of Technology
Dr Yiannis Toumazis, Frederick University Cyprus, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Pierides Foundation, Cyprus
Dr Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus
Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicholas Constantinou, Association of Teachers of Photography in Secondary Education, Cyprus
Dr Evi Tselika, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University Cyprus
Despo Pasia, University College London, UK

Members of the Scientific Committee (ICPT2016)
Prof. Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, UK
Prof. Martha Langford, Concordia University, Canada
Prof. Merja Salo, Aalto University, Finland
Dr Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus, Cyprus
Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology
Dr. Annebella Pollen, University of Brighton
Clare Grafik, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK
Dr Evi Tselika, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University, Cyprus
Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University, Cyprus

Contact Info:
Nicolas Lambouris & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert

Contact Email:


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