Practices, Circulation and Legacies: Photographic Histories and Central and Eastern Europe

Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe is a series of international conferences aiming to advance and promote photographic studies about the region now commonly referred to as the former Communist Bloc.

The series takes a broad view of this region, exploring the formation of its diverse relationships with photography since the nineteenth century to the present. It investigates how the similar as well as distinct historical circumstances of countries in the region have affected the ways in which Central and Eastern Europeans practice, share, exploit, and think about photography. Part of the series’ objectives is to encourage scholarly engagement with a variety of topics concerning, for example, how photography has assisted to shape local national identities; how photography has been used to reflect regional social and political processes; how cross-cultural photographic knowledge exchange practices in the region and with its people have contributed to the emergence of local photographic tenets; and what research methods and methodologies may facilitate the development of innovative empirical studies on photography in Central and Eastern Europe.

Initiated in Warsaw in 2016, Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe has since then been hosted each year by a different research institution in the region.

Conference date and location – 8-10 May 2018, The City Museum of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Contact name: Dr Gil Pasternak, email:

Submission deadline for paper proposals: 31 December 2017

Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2018

Registration: 15 February-30 April 2018