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Photojournalism: Then and Now


History of photojournalism in Canada and media representation of 21st century warfare is the focus of two-day symposium
Published: 29 Oct 2012

Photojournalism: Then & Now explores the history of photojournalism in Canada and the role played by photojournalism, within a changing digital landscape, in the media representation of 21st century warfare.  The two- day symposium is presented by Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum on November 1 and 2, 2012.


Day 1 – Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Histories of Photojournalism

2:00-3:30 p.m.: The Histories of Photojournalism in Canada – round table (bilingual):

Zoë Tousignant, PhD candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University; JoAnne Stober, Archivist, Arts and Photography, Library and Archives Canada; Lily Koltun, archivist and artist; Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist Coordinator, Direction des services aux usagers et aux partenaires, Centre d'archives de Montréal, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec; Will Straw, Professor, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University.

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Questioning Photojournalism History – public lecture by Thierry Gervais

Thierry Gervais is a faculty member in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University and the Head of Research of the Ryerson Image Centre.  He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Études photographiques and the author of La Photographie (with Gaëlle Morel) and several other works on photography.

Day 2 – Friday, November 2, 2012 – Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age (simultaneous interpretation for full day)

1:00-2:00 p.m.:  Perpetrators and Participants: War Photographers of the Digital Age - Peter Maass, journalist

2:00-3:00 p.m.:  Seven Theses on the Photographic Situation

Sharon Sliwinski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

3:30-4:30 p.m.: When the War Photographer Returns: Exploring Reflexive Moments in Photojournalism

Donald Matheson, Acting Head, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand

4:30-6:00 p.m.:  Panel: Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age

With Louie Palu, photojournalist, Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation; Susan L. Carruthers, Associate Professor, Department of History at Rutgers University in Newark; Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Editor-in-Chief of Études Photographiques.

 WHO:             International speakers from both the academic and professional spectrum

 WHAT:           Two-day symposium on photojournalism

 WHEN:           November 1 and 2, 2012

WHERE:         McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

*Please note that simultaneous interpretation will only be available on the second day of the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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