Call for Papers 12th European Social Science History Conference Belfast April 4-7, 2018

Call for Papers

12th European Social Science History Conference

Belfast April 4-7, 2018

The ESSHC aims at bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions.

The Conference welcomes papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period. It is organized in a large number of networks:

Africa ‑ Antiquity ‑ Asia ‑ Criminal Justice ‑ Culture ‑ Economics ‑ Education and Childhood – Elites and Forerunners ‑ Ethnicity and Migration ‑ Family and Demography – Health and Environment – ‑ Labour ‑ Latin America – Material and Consumer Culture – Middle Ages ‑ Oral History – Politics, Citizenship and Nations – Religion ‑ Rural ‑ Sexuality – Social Inequality – Spatial and Digital History – Science and Technology ‑ Theory – Urban ‑ Women and Gender – World History

The deadline for pre-registration on our website is 1 may 2017.  To send in a proposal please go to the pre-registration form.  For more information on how to send in a proposal please go to guidelines.

The 12th European Social Science History Conference is organized by the International Institute of Social History in co-operation with the Queen’s University (link is external)in Belfast.


PHRC – 2017 Anual Conference

Call for Papers

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to no later than Friday 27 January 2017.

Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds

Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

19-20 June 2016

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Conference hashtag #PHRC17


The consequences of the expansion of photographic practices around the globe are many and varied. Social interactions through and with analogue and digital photographs and the platforms across which photography is shared and disseminated keep challenging traditional socio-cultural boundaries. For its 2017 conference, Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds, PHRC is particularly interested in how these processes affect peoples whose photographic histories are currently understudied. These may be (but are not limited to) African, Central American and Middle Eastern cultures.

Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds seeks to interrogate what social and other meaningful photographic practices emerge when photographs cross boundaries, and move between individuals, places, and distinct cultural environments. Paper proposals may concentrate on the following themes and other related subject matters:

  • transnational and/or emerging photographic practices
  • cross-cultural knowledge exchange through photography
  • migrations across media
  • sharing and exchanging photographs
  • global forums for photography and its theorisation

Papers are welcome from all career stages.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to no later than Friday 27 January 2017.

Call for Papers // Oficina de História e Imagem

Organização: Grupo de Investigação “Cultura, Identidades e Poder”
Datas: Ano lectivo 2016/2017
Prazo limite para submissão de propostas: 30 de Junho de 2016

A Oficina de História e Imagem (OHI) é um fórum de reflexão e debate entre criadores, investigadores e arquivistas de diferentes áreas do saber que se interessam pelo papel da imagem na mediação do passado. Através da organização de encontros de diferentes formatos, a OHI pretende estimular discussão transdisciplinar sobre as metodologias analíticas, os desafios teóricos e as responsabilidades políticas inerentes ao uso de imagens para a construção do conhecimento histórico.

No ano lectivo de 2016/2017, a OHI reunirá mensalmente no Instituto de História Contemporânea. Cada sessão incluirá uma apresentação de 45 minutos, seguida de discussão aberta. Nesse sentido, encorajamos propostas de apresentações relacionadas com a articulação entre a reflexão histórica e áreas como a fotografia, cinema, banda desenhada, arquitectura, pintura ou outras artes visuais, bem como cultura material.

CFP: Journal of European Studies: Europe in Photography Today

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Call for Essays

Journal of European Studies
Special Issue on: Europe in Photography Today
December 2017

Over the past fifteen years, there has been an explosion of writing on photography that has left behind the long tradition and influence of the work of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, work that dominated the field of photography criticism for decades. No longer is photography a static object whose meaning is aesthetically determined. Most provocatively, building on the important developments made by writers such as Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Allan Sekula and Martha Roesler, Ariella Azoulay’s landmark The Civil Contract of Photography set in motion a shift in photography studies towards a conception of the photograph that sees it as a collaboration between the photographed, the photographer, and the camera. In turn, the photograph is brought to life and given meaning through interaction with a spectator. Together with, and after Azoulay, critics such as T J Demos, Susie Linfield and John Roberts have continued to examine the social consequences of photography, and to identify its use to resist and counter systems of power. Beyond visual studies, historians, anthropologists, sociologists and scholars in multiple other disciplines have critically examined photographs to create new perspectives on the past, present and future, of diverse places and peoples.
As a result of the work of such scholars, the field has continued to open up to the radical social and political possibilities of photography. In particular, critics are keen to identify photography’s power to resist and counter sovereign violence through active engagement with global struggles, and to become involved in the development of civilian society in its broadest sense. Today, photography—in its moving and still, analogue and digital, official and amateur variations—is recognized as the medium that most responsibly imagines current political, ideological and cultural states and transformations through active interaction.
Hand in hand with the opening up of photography and its attendant scholarship, Europe has continued to be redefined since the establishment of the European Union in the 1990s. Over 25 years, Europe’s identity has transformed in every way: geographically, culturally, economically, socially and politically. Borders have been redrawn, the physical landscape has been redefined, and European identities from community, through regional to national levels have continued to reformulate. Beyond Europe, the fallout of globalization, climate change and ecological disasters, as well as the rise of technology, war and changing patterns of migration, have also impacted the borders and identities of Europe.

This special issue of Journal of European Studies is devoted to the merging of the constantly changing concerns of both Europe and photography. It asks the question of where and how the two, Europe and photography, coincide today. The articles will address a small, but urgent, set of issues as they are witnessed by key “European” photographers.
We welcome contributions that address topics that include, but are by no means limited to:

– the social devastation resulting from post-industrial transformation;
– new figurations of race in the everyday;
– the on going impact of migration and movement on and across borders;
– geographical displacement/demographic change;
– the clash of cultures, especially those leading to exclusion from the public arena;
– climate change and energy supply;
– the heightened threat of terrorism;
– a resurgent Russia;
– war in the Middle East.

Please send inquiries, and/or 400-500 word abstract, a one to two page CV to:
Frances Guerin:

Abstract due: May 31, 2016
Full essay of 5,000-7,000 words due: April 30, 2017
Final Publication: December 2017


Photography in Academic Research

‘photography + (con) text’ is pleased to announce a call for papers and visual submissions for a conference on Photography in Academic Research to be held at the Institute in September 2016.

‘photography + (con) text’ was set up with the aim of promoting the collaboration and exchange between social researchers and practitioners who use photography in their research and practice.

This conference, hosted by the Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute and Birkbeck, Department of Politics, aims to provide a space of exchange, stimulating dialogue between social researchers and practitioners who engage with photography creatively and critically. It will serve as a platform for photography; encouraging its uses, analyses and practices in social research, expanding the possibilities of photographic practice beyond its current observational and illustrative uses within academia.

The character of research and practice with photography has changed significantly over the past decades, such that inquiries into the nature of different screen media, their interactivity, in art installations, their digitisation, the politics of their making, distribution and reception has emerged alongside more traditional perspectives and topics such as cultural memory and visual heritage.

At the same time, cultural, technological and political shifts have led us to re-address the use of photography in academic research, challenging photography as an archaic practice to the moving image or an art practice outside an ideological or social platform.

Call or papers and visual submissions

Submissions are welcomed that discuss how through photography social researchers and practitioners play an important collaborative role in exploring people’s social life and how photography is being used and reconfigured to enrich social research practices, dissemination of data and in enriching academic writing.

Contributions are welcome from researchers, practitioners and artists working in all fields such as education, social research, the arts, museums, archives and anyone who is engaged with the analysis and the production of photography.

Panels are not limited to the following themes but can be used to guide submissions.

  • The still image in a world in movement
  • Photographs in a world of textual hegemony
  • The use of photographs in a social research environment and academic writing
  • Photographic ethnographies
  • The politics of visual evidence and the archive
  • Politics and photography
  • The social life of photographs

Submissions are invited from, but not limited, to academics, researchers, educators, curators, artists, independent scholars and practitioners.

Submissions may be made via e-mail attachment (Word documents or PDF preferred). Please include the following information with your submission:

  1. Title of your submission
  2. Name(s) of the author(s)
  3. Affiliation(s) of the author(s) if applicable
  4. E-mail address(s) of the author(s)
  5. Short Abstract (maximum 300 characters)
  6. Long Abstract (maximum 250 words)

Early submissions are greatly appreciated.  Please send proposals or further enquiries to Barbara Knorpp (Anthropologist, UCL) via and Marcel Reyes-Cortez (Photographer, Researcher) via

The event is free.  All welcome!

The call for panels and papers closes on 5 June 2016. Chosen participants will be notified by the 17 June 2016.