Workers and Work in Photography and Film

The Labour and Society research at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities is organising a two-day conference on the photographic and filmic representations of labour on the 5th– 6th May 2017 at Newcastle University. There will be keynote addresses from Professor Jonathan Long (Durham University) and Dr Simon Dell (UEA). We would welcome short abstracts (300 words) for papers relating to any aspect of the conference’s theme. 

Visualising labour is not a neutral process. Surveillance, propaganda and advertising have depicted labour on behalf of capital or the state. Through genres such as social documentary or activist film and photography, that hegemony has been challenged. This conference seeks to draw together labour historians and scholars of visual culture to examine the visual representations of labour. This cross-disciplinary dialogue has the potential to develop a fruitful exchange of insights, affinities and critical perspectives.

We particularly encourage papers from those working in the following areas:

·         Media representations of work and workers.

·         Worker-photography movements.

·         Photographic or filmic representations of the experience of working people. 

·         Gender and the visualisation of labour.

·         The relationship between photography or film and labour movements.

·         Photography of place and labour.

·         Visual imagery, memory and labour.

·         Photography and emotional labour.

·         Representations of unemployment and the unemployed.


Please submit abstracts (300 words) and a short CV to Ben Partridge at before 31st January.


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