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Subject: CFP: Beauty and the Beast: photography, body and sexual discourse in the Middle East and Central Eurasia

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Beauty and the Beast: photography, body and sexual discourse in the Middle
East and Central Eurasia

CALL FOR PAPER AND ARTWORK PROPOSALS

Art, Materiality and Representation
BRITISH MUSEUM/SOAS 1st-3rd JUNE 2018

The invention of photography as Lalvani brings (1996: 2) is a crucial moment
in the development of a modern structure of vision and is both constructive of
and constituted by a modern ocular paradigm; its operations are dependent on
the larger ocular and cultural formation within which it is deployed, its
investment-effect constituted by a particular ensemble of discourses and
practices, and specific forms of subject-object relations. Indeed, in
legitimizing specific forms of subject-object relations, technologies of vison
like photography, embedded within particular discursive knowledge, power and
the body (Foucault 1979). Therefore, in order to understand photographys
relation with the body, in modern period, we must not only examine the
discourses and practices within which photography operated at different levels
of the social formation to produce specific bodies, but the ocular
epistemology within which these practices are constituted, shaped, and given
meaning (Lalvani: ibid).

As Peirce (2009) discussed in her pioneering contribution the academic
scholarship regarding histories of sexuality in the region that we term the
Middle East was ignored till recently. When it comes to the study of
photography of/and sexuality in the Middle East and Central Eurasia (topics
such as: erotic photography and pornography, sexual photographs of harems and
indoors of aristocrats, photography of prostitutes and brothels, etc.) the
number of academic contributions in view point of anthropology of art, visual
anthropology, material culture and museum studies come to zero.

Therefore, this panel invites broad range of scholars and artists who are
dealing with photography and sexuality in the greater Middle East and Central
Eurasia during the modern and contemporary periods.
The topics may include (but not limited to):

- The visual order of sexual photography;
- Aesthetics of intimacy;
- Western technology, local beauty and indigenous aesthetic;
- Vernacular photography as a challenge to Orientalism;
- Colonial photography and indigenous creativity;
- Influence of European migrants and refugees on vernacular pornography;
- From brothel to studio, from studio to brothel;
- Photography as an object of desire;
- Traditional vision and modern bodies;
- Censorship, sexuality and creativity;
- Islam, the body and nude photography;
- Museums and censorship;
- The position of museums and galleries in collaboration with artists;
- Western photographs and local albums.

Please be in touch with Dr. P. Khosronejad
(pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu<mailto:pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu>) to
discuss your proposal in advance before official opening of call for papers.

ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE
AMERICAS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT SOAS

- Call for papers opens on 29 August 2017 and closes on 8 January 2018

- Registration opens on 22 February 2018

Conference Fee:
Non-Fellow: 190
RAI Member: 170
RAI Fellow: 95
Concessions: 80
RAI Student Fellow: 60

https://www.therai.org.uk/conferences/art-materiality-and-representation





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Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

School of Global Studies & Partnerships/School of Media & Strategic
Communications

Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
Phone: 405-744-6179
E-mail: Pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu
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e.edu/staff.aspx?ref=6>

| Chief Editor, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central
Eurasia<http://acmejournal.org/index.php/acme>, SeanKingston.

| Series Editor, The Anthropology of Persianate
Societies<http://www.seankingston.co.uk/PersianateAnth.html>, SeanKingston.

| Series Editor, Iranian and Persian Gulf
Studies<http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/irastu>, LIT Verlag.

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