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  • January 2018

    Fri, January 19, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

    (Dis)placement, memory, and colonial partitions

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  • Sat, January 20, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Indian Community Center (2171 Monroe County Line Rd, Macedon, NY 14502)

    (Dis)placement, memory, and colonial partitions

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  • March 2018

    Thu, March 29, 2018
    Humanities Center Conference Room D

    “Social Life of Guns”: Research Symposium

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  • April 2018

    Thu, April 26, 2018
    5:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Humanities Center Conference Room D

    UBIQUITY: Photography’s Multitudes

    According to Ariella Azoulay , we “live in an era in which it is difficult to conceive of even a single human activity that does not use photography, or at least provide an opportunity for it to be deployed in the past, present, or future.” Azoulay is far from alone in this assessment. Since its introduction in the nineteenth century, critics, historians, and theorists of photography from Baudelaire and Benjamin to Susan Sontag and Christopher Pinney have identified the photographic image with a pervasive conquest of the world, due to the medium’s ever-increasing speed of production, dissemination, and reuse. Both an unavoidable aspect of contemporary life and a topic of increasing importance to the study and practice of photography, the ubiquity of the image presents an essential if also unwieldy issue that warrants critical and historical investigation. How do theories and attendant anxieties around the ubiquity of the image—with us since photography’s beginning, to be sure—manifest in social and technical practice, as well as in representation and critique? In a larger frame, how does the once theological notion of ubiquity—whether of images, or of forms of production, consumption, and computation—betray or reveal a photographic logic, particularly a logic founded on the accumulation of capital in the modern and contemporary eras?

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