CFP: Archiving Photographs and Photographing Archives

Call for Papers: The RAI Anthropology and Photography conference, British Museum, London, UK 29th-31st May 2014

Panel 13: Archiving Photographs and Photographing Archives: This panel encompasses subject matter, which details the experiences of turning photographs and other visual images into digital and hard copy archives and explores the ethics, impact and audiences of such archives.

Closing date for paper submissions 8th January 2014


This panel invites papers that encompass subject matter which details the experiences of turning photographs and other visual images into digital and hard copy archives as well as the use of such archives in anthropological research and teaching. We welcome paper proposals from researchers in different stages of their career – those considering archiving their material, those just starting research as well as researchers that use archives as a starting point of their research to explore theoretical, ethical and practical issues surrounding photographic archives.

Papers could reflect on how we can better collect and organize material that might eventually become an archive. That would mean thinking about photographs as archives before fieldwork commences. Other papers might consider contemporary issues regarding how to work with digital images and how to digitise film. Papers might also consider issues of where to store visual images; how to store them; for whom are these images were taken; and how their purpose might change over time; as well as ethical concerns regarding the taking and use of images in the field.


Prof. Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford)
Jaanika Vider (University of Oxford)

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. All proposals must be made via the online form that can be found on the panel page. For questions regarding this panel please email or follow the link on the panel page (
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