Research Seminar on the History and Theory of Photography 2015: Photographic Appearances

International interdisciplinary Research Colloquium for PhD Candidates and Post-Docs 21. – 25. July 2015 German Documentation Center for Art History – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg

Foto: © Peter Piller, VG Bild-Kunst/Design: 1 sans serif, Berlin (

Foto: © Peter Piller, VG Bild-Kunst/Design: 1 sans serif, Berlin (

Call for Papers

Photographs appear in an abundance of forms – as negatives, copies, project, in exhibitions, in magazines and photo books. What distinguishes these manifold forms of materialisation and mediatisation of photography from one another? What are their core specifics, to what extent do they interlock? Who are the decisive actors in the actualisation of these individual forms? What precisely are the areas of change, and in what ways has change taken place? What are the innovations digitalisation brought to the mostly complex constellations of image producers and recipients? And what are the consequences of the recent interest in photo books for exhibitions of the same images?

In 2015, the Research Seminar on the History and Theory of Photography will be dedicated to studying the materialisations and mediatisations of photography in all of its contexts of production and reception. The five-day event will provide 15 PhD candidates and Post-Docs with an opportunity to present their research, seminars, discussion panels, visits to eminent collections, exchange with curators and artists.

We welcome applications by any PhD candidates and Post-Docs working on this subject. Applications should include a research summary (up to 3,000 characters) as well as a CV and should be submitted to by April 7, 2015.

The conference languages are German and English. The grant will cover preparatory material, accommodation, and a travel allowance.


With Elizabeth Edwards (Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester),

Martin Hochleitner (Kunstuniversität Linz/Salzburg Museum),

Susanne Holschbach (Universität der Künste Berlin),

Hubert Locher (Philipps-Universität Marburg/German Documentation Center for Art History – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg),

Angela Matyssek (Philipps-Universität Marburg),

Alexander Streitberger (Université catholique de Louvain/Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography)

and Peter Piller.


Further information

In collaboration with the German Photographic Association (DGPh).
Supported by the Department of Art History at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt/Eschborn, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, as well as the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt.
Financed by the Volkswagen Foundation.

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Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto
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