Call for Papers: URBAN IDENTITIES

CONTEMPHOTO '15 / II. International Visual Culture and Contemporary Photography Conference is a interdisciplinary conference dedicated to study the visual culture, visual documentation of the urban environment and photographic arts. The conference will be held in İstanbul on JUNE 9-10, 2015, coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), organized by BİLSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions) and hosted by Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center as a part of the Istanbul Art Studies Days / Spring 2015.

CONTEMPHOTO ’15 Conference aims at achieving a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective on urban issues, identity in the form of frozen images. Multiple roles of photography are going to be explored in relation to urban psychology, daily life and self expression of the individual in urban landscapes as a document, survey, archive, journalism, advertisement, joy and hobby.



The relationship between visual history and individual throughout the last two centuries will constitute a basis for the discussion during the event. Exploring the role of how photography shapes issues of identity, place and citizenship within the city; how it documents urban otherness (that of homelessness, or of tourism); how it archives urban memory; and how it documents the celebrated and tragic variety of daily life (such as Selfie) and how it contains historical facts are the main objectives of the interdisciplinary conference of CONTEMPHOTO '15.

Istanbul Art Studies Days (IASD Spring '15) will also include CONTEMPART '15 / IV. International Contemporary Arts Conference (June 8-9) and CINE CRI '15 / II. International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference (June 10-11). Several keynote lectures, artist's talks and additional events will be organized during Istanbul Art Studies Days and a registration ticket for only one of the conferences will offer free entry to all of the sessions of the three conferences. Each conference focusing on different topics, Identity issues has been decided as the common theme of the IASD Spring '15.