CfP: After Post-Photography

International Journal of Cultural Research: Deadline July 25, 2019

Call for Papers: # 4 (37) 2019: After Post-Photography

Scientific e-journal. Issued since 2010



Why is it that as a theoretical concept indexicality is quite dead while at the same time it keeps being at the core of so many practices using and looking at photographs? Is it possible that the introduction of digital processes to photography was much less of a rupture than post-photographic discourses often assume? And could it be that photography from its very beginnings was much less about depicting realities but rather about creating them?

Some years ago, these and similar questions triggered what resulted in the international conference “After Post-Photography” that since 2015 takes place every spring in St Petersburg. The scope of the conference has always been wide – the lectures dealt with questions of photographic theory and of photographic optics, of the use of photography in politics and in private life, of studio production and archive practices, of pre-photographic processes and of what photography may be in a couple of years. If they had something in common it was their polite disbelief in that there could be something like a general and all encompassing definition of photography.

For the issue 37 of the “International Journal of Cultural Research” ( we invite participants of past conferences and researchers from all disciplines to submit papers about new perspectives on what photography once was, currently is and one day in the future may become. Topics can include, but are not limited to


looking back: revisiting the history of photography

social and anthropological meanings of photography

photography and memory

photography and the histories/politics of gaze/spectacle/vision

photography as agent and agency of collective and private histories

photography without referent: computer games, artificial reality, virtual reality

private photography: topoi, identities, practices

true/false witness: photography and the regimes of truth

the interdisciplinary field of photography studies and its actual problematics

hybrids of photographic and non-photographic practices

history and theory of photographic optics

history and theory of photo-chemistry


Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (English only!) to until July 25, 2019. We will send you a note concerning the acceptance of your proposal until August 15, 2019.

The manuscripts of at least 20.000 and no more than 40.000 characters should be submitted in either English or Russian until November 30, 2019.


The “International Journal of Cultural Research” is a double-blind peer-reviewed online magazine indexed in the Russian РИНЦ and the Web of Science. It does have ISSN and DOI for the articles. The essays will be published in the language they were written, with abstracts in both languages.


Maria Gourieva // Friedrich Tietjen

Deadline for abstracts: 25.07.2019
Deadline for invitations: 15.08.2019
Deadline for manuscripts: 30.11.2019


Friedrich Tietjen, Volkskundemuseum Wien Laudongasse 15–19, A-1080 Wien,

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