Photojournalism: Then & Now symposium – 1-2 November 2012


McCord Museum 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E9, CA
Photojournalism Symposium poster

Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum invite you to attend a two-day symposium on photojournalism on November 1 and 2, 2012 at the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West. With a line-up of international speakers from both the academic and professional spectrum, Photojournalism: Then & Now explores the history of photojournalism in Canada (November 1), as well as the role played by photojournalism, within a changing digital landscape, in the media representation of 21st century warfare (November 2). 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.


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


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


with Zoë Tousignant, PhD candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University; JoAnne Stober, Archivist, Arts and Photography, Library and Archives Canada; Lily Koltun, Archivist, 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. Public Lecture, Questioning Photojournalism History

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


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.


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