Global Photographies: Histories ¦ Theories ¦ Practices

Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th June 2007.

The Photography Program at the Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in Dublin is pleased to announce that it will be holding an international conference on photography and globalization in June 2007.

Widely perceived to be the driving force of our era, Globalization has attracted much critical commentary within the field of visual culture. Despite interest in the correlations between globalization and the visual, however, there has been relatively little examination of the role of photography in shaping the global media landscape. Equally the impact of globalization on photographic and artistic practices has been an area that has not received much commentary.

This conference brings together photographers, curators and writers to explore the intersection of the photographic image and globalization across the discplines of photography, art, anthropology, architecture and cultural studies. Sixty speakers from nearly twenty different countries will deliver papers over three days of the conference program on a range of themes including; global archives and the image content industry, migration, photography and the war on terror, colonial archives and post-colonial identities, photography and cultural diplomacy, cross-cultural curatorial practices, photojournalism and the global media, trans-cultural media practices, urbanization, photography and Diasporic identities.

The conference program will also include a special screening of Allan Sekula’s documentary film The Lottery of the Sea.

Keynote speakers include:

Allan Sekula (Photographer, Film-Maker and Theorist) author of ‘Against the Grain’, ‘Fish Story’, ‘Dismal Science’

Shahidul Alam (Drik Photo Agency) Photographer and founder of ‘Drik Photo Agency’ Bangladesh

Iain Boal (Berkley, California and Retort) Contributing author of ‘Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in an Age of New War’

Steve Edwards (Open University)
Research Lecturer and author of ‘The Making of English Photography: Allegories’

As part of the Global Photographies Conference Programme, IADT will host a special screening of Allan Sekula’s Documentary The Lottery of the Sea at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Co. Wicklow on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at 6.30pm. If you would like to attend the screening please send a list of names to

Via Visual Arts Ireland. More info at Global Photographies Conference Programme website.