Friday 3rd November 2017

Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Media

Grangegorman Campus, Rathdown House, Room RD005

8:45 – 9 Registration

9 – 9:15 Opening remarks

9:15 – 11

Panel 1 – Vernacular and Material Histories

Gail Baylis (Ulster University) ‘Delving beneath the purely Visual Surface: The Keogh Brothers postcards of Easter 1916’

Margaret O’Brien-Moran (Independent Researcher) ‘Eyes Fixed on the Past: The Poole Photographic Print Archive’

Aileen O’Carroll (Maynooth University) ‘Visualising the Irish Working Class: Photographs and the Dublin Docker’

Mhairi Sutherland (Dublin Institute of Technology) ‘Re-Imagining Treason: The Riddle of the Photograph’

Chair: Colin Graham (Maynooth University)

11–11:20 Coffee/Tea

11:20 – 12:45

Panel 2 – Producing Collective Identities

Eimear Walsh (Van Abbemuseum) ‘Future Archive: The Young Queer Irish Photographers of Püssys Collective’

Erika Hanna (University of Bristol) ‘Studio Portraiture and Social Norms in mid-Twentieth Century Ireland’

Vukaŝin Nedeljković (Dublin Institute of Technology) ‘Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland’

Chair: Valerie Connor (Dublin Institute of Technology)

12:45-2 Lunch


Panel 3 – Roundtable Discussion: The Place of Photography in Irish Public Archives

Panel Members:

Joy Carey and Gareth Montgomery (Digitisation manager and Senior archive photographer, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland)

Elizabeth Kirwan (Manager/ curator, National Photographic Archive, National Library of Ireland)

Zoë Reid (Senior conservator, National Archives of Ireland)

Crónán Ó Doibhlin (Head of research collections, University College Cork Library)

Chair: Orla Fitzpatrick (National Museum of Ireland)

3:45 – 5:15

Panel 4 – Landscape and Land Wars: Legacies of the Colonial

Feargal Fitzpatrick (National College of Art and Design and Maynooth University) ‘Ground Lens: Henry Craigie Brewster’s Cork Calotypes’

Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin) ‘Poverty, Photography and Performance: Eviction and Intermediality in the Late Nineteenth Century’

Declan Sheehan (Curator) ‘The Glass Album: An Experiment in Curatorial Insurgence’

Chair: José Luís Nêves (Ulster University)

5.15 – 5:30 Closing remarks

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Call for Papers

The archival impulse, which remains a primary organising principle within contemporary art, is now, in an age of digital imaging and social media, also a mass-cultural phenomenon. These developments, together with a cultural field currently preoccupied with questions of history, remembrance and divergent conceptions of national identity, make an investigation of photography and the archive in Ireland particularly timely.

This one day symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners who are concerned to interrogate the role of the archive in the production of new knowledges about photography in Ireland, and those who offer alternative narratives of Irish culture through a focus on photography. It will provide a forum for the critical examination of a range of photographic and archival practices, within both official and unofficial, public and private contexts. The symposium aims to gather and acknowledge ongoing research in historic, artistic and vernacular photography as it intersects with practical and theoretical considerations of the archive.

We invite proposals for 20 minute presentations from researchers working in diverse fields and disciplines, such as: photography; media, visual, material and cultural studies; art history; museology; archival and librarian studies; digital humanities; visual anthropology and sociology; history and geography; architecture; and philosophy and literature.

Submitted proposals might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Art and the Archive

The archive and contemporary photographic practices in Ireland

Invented, found and (re) created archives

Ethics, aesthetics and the re-situating of photographs

Memory, Affect, Materiality

Photography, commemoration and remembrance

Materiality, affect and vernacular photography

Archives, albums and the production of family histories

Identity, Society and Culture

Geographies of representation: borders, space, place, migration and dislocation

Legacies of the colonial, postcolonial and neocolonial in Irish photography

Performing gender in the photographic archive

Archival Science: Collecting, Preserving and Cataloging

Museum, library and archive as linked sites of regulation

Institutional agendas and the photographic archive

Systems of classification, processes of collecting and conservation

Consuming Archives: Digital Repositories and Databases

Commerce, copyright and online photo banks in Ireland

Digitized photographic archives, networks, communities, users and researchers

Photography, social media and the production of digital identities

To propose a paper please send a 350 word abstract (excluding references) no later than June 16th 2017 to

Proposals should also include the full name and title of the author, current affiliation, full contact details (address, email and phone number), and a brief biographical note.


Ann Curran (Programme Chair, BA Photography, DIT)

Fiona Loughnane (Assistant lecturer, Dept. of Visual Culture, NCAD)

Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick (Librarian, NMI)