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Message posted on 06/08/2018

Registration open for Photomemory: commemoration, memory, archive symposium at the University of Sussex, 4th and 5th September 2018.

Registration is now open for the COMMEMORATION, MEMORY, ARCHIVE Symposium at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex on 4th and 5th September 2018. The symposium investigates commemorative and memorial uses of personal, non-professional images in the digital age in the Global South. More information is available here:


The commemorative and memorial use of personal, private images in the context of large-scale violence and death has a long history. Private images have been continually employed to access worlds that no longer exist, to de-anonymize, individualize or humanize victims, to identify murderers and the murdered, to evidence contested events and to prove the existence of life before death. They populate archives, memorials and museums, places of public protest and, increasingly, myriad regions of the internet. This two-day symposium at the University of Sussex aims to explore real and perceived changes in the relationship(s) between private still images and the memorialization and commemoration of mass violence including trauma with a particular focus on practices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America in the digital age.

Keynote speakers: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, FBA (De Montfort University) Professor Ludmila da Silva Catela (Universidad Nacional de Crdoba, Crdoba Museum of Anthropology, Archivo Provincial de la Memoria) Claver Irakoze (Rwanda Genocide Archive/Aegis Trust Rwanda) Dr Gil Pasternak (De Montfort University) The symposium will also feature a free screening of The Faces We Lost (2017) a documentary film about the memorial and commemorative uses of private photographs in Rwanda followed by a Q&A with the director.

The symposium is free to attend but you will need to register here:


Registration closes on 27th August.

Below, you will find a provisional programme. Please disseminate this to anyone who might be interested. I hope to see to see some of you there!

Best wishes,


Photomemory symposium - provisional programme:

4th September

9.00 10.00 Coffee and registration

10.00 10.15 Welcome and opening remarks

10.15 11.15 Keynote address 1:

What do people want photographs to be? Some thoughts on categories, assumptions and theories Professor Elizabeth Edwards. Chair: Benedict Burbridge

11.15 11.30 Break

11.30 13.00 Panel 1: Private archives and violent public pasts

Learning from Los Talleres de Fotografia Social (TAFOS) in Peru: the legacy of its images and for its citizen photographers Tiffany Fairey

The battleground of wartime ,emory in Kashmir: The SB Photographic Archive Nathaniel Brunt

Re-invoking the past in the present through personal archives and private images in Zimbabwe Tshuma Lungile

13.00 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 15.00 - Keynote address 2

The importance of victims images in commemorating and memorializing the genocide against the Tutsi. The case study of the Genocide Archive of Rwanda Claver Irakoze

15.00 16.00 - Panel 2: Absences, presences and ethics private archive and the state

Archiving in the absence of a state: civil society in Libya Laura McDonnell

Ethics, commemoration and digital display of Biafra Civil War on social media

  • Olakunle Michael Folami

16.00 17.30 Coffee break and networking

18.00 19.30 Screening of The Faces We Lost (2017) followed by Q&A with Piotr Cieplak and Claver Irakoze.

20.30 Conference Dinner

5th September

9.00 9.30 Coffee

9.30 11.15 Keynote address 3

Shedding photographic light on the darkness of disappearance: An ethnography of collective and private rituals in the face of political violence in Argentina Prof Ludmila da Silva Catela. Chair: Piotr Cieplak

11.15 11.30 - Break

11.30 13.00 Panel 3: Evidence, ethics, authenticity and institutions

Memory work, photo-elicitation and auto-ethnography: Private photographs of soldiers Stuart Griffiths (TBC)

The ethics and agency(-ies) of digital media in prison - from Abu Ghraib to the prison-industrial complex: spectacle and invisibility in prison selfies Berenike Jung

Legal fragments: Images, evidence and authenticity at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Benjamin Thorne

13.00 14.00 Lunch

14.00 15.00 Panel 4: Tensions and trajectories: re-defining private and public

Exhuming Apartheid: Photography, Memorialisation and Erasure Kylie Thomas

The itineraries and re-use of photographs in Mbouda, Cameroon Evidence from the Jacques Toussele archive Prof David Zeitlyn

15.00 15.45 Coffee break and networking

15.45 16.45 Keynote address 4

Online Communities Offline: Digital Heritage in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Gil Pasternak

16.45 17.00 Closing remarks

Dr Piotr Cieplak Lecturer in Filmmaking School of Media, Film and Music University of Sussex

Just published: Death, Image, Memory: Genocide in Rwanda and its Aftermath in Photography and Documentary Film

New film: The Faces We Lost (2017)

Recent research projects:

PI: 'Personal archives of trauma and violence. Image and memory in the digital age Argentina and Rwanda' (British Academy/Levehulme Trust, 2016-2018)

PI: "Public deaths, private archives: image-based commemoration and remembrance in Rwanda and the Global South' (British Academy, 2018-2019)

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