Reframing Family Photography Conference


September 21-23, 2017
University of Toronto, Canada

A conference hosted by the Toronto Photography Seminar


Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
4:00-4:30          Registration // ROM Theatre Lobby
Lobby outside the ROM Theatre at the Royal Ontario Museum
4:30-6:00pm     Introduction// ROM Theatre
Deepali Dewan
                         Artists’ roundtable
  • Deanna Bowen
  • Jeff Thomas
  • Discussant: Thy Phu (Western University)
  • Moderator: Deepali Dewan (University of Toronto & Royal Ontario Museum)
6:00-7:-00pm     Family Camera Exhibition and Opening Reception // Royal Ontario Museum


8:00-8:45am      Registration & Coffee // CCF
Lobby outside Campbell Conference Facility (CCF) at the Munk School (1 Devonshire Place)
8:45-9:00am      Welcome and introduction // CCF
Thy Phu (Western University)
9:00-11:00am     Plenary Session – Key Concepts Roundtable // CCF
  • Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)
  • Martha Langford (Concordia University)
  • Deborah Willis (New York University)
  • Laura Wexler (Yale University)
  • Gayatri Gopinath (New York University)
  • Moderators: Elspeth Brown (University of Toronto) and Thy Phu (Western University)
11:00-11:15am      Coffee break // CCF Lounge
11:15-1:15am         Panel Sessions 1
Intimate Economies from Analogue to Digital Eras // Munk 023N
Chair: Anne Cibola (York University)
  • Ali Feser (University of Chicago), “Photochemical Kinship in the Image Capital of the World”
  • Sarah Brophy (McMaster University), “Angus McBean’s Queer Domestic Surrealism and a Prehistory of Selfie Culture”
  • Sophie Hackett (Art Gallery of Ontario), “Zun Lee’s Fade Resistance”
  • Discussant: Marlis Schweitzer (York University)
Feminizing Emotional Communities // Munk 108N
Chair: Charlene Heath (Ryerson University)
  • Sharon Sliwinski (Western University), “Photography—Our Mother Complex”
  • Erina Duganne (Texas State University), “Family Photography and the Global Struggle for Human Rights”
  • Dot Tuer (OCAD University), “Talismans and Traces: State Terror, Absent Bodies and Reframing the Family Photograph”
  • Discussant: Laura Levin (York University)
(Post)Colonial Albums // Munk 208N
Chair: Thierry Gervais (Ryerson University)
  • Candice Jansen (University of the Witwatersrand) “Vulnerabilities of the Image: Cedric Nunn and the Black Family in Struggle”
  • Sandrine Colard-De Bock (Columbia University), “Becoming the Bourgeois African in the Colonial Congo: Two Families in the Picture”
  • John Peffer (Ramapo College of New Jersey), “When a Photograph is Family: Thoughts on Audience and Image in Africa”
  • Discussant: Kevin Coleman (University of Toronto)
1:15-2:15              Lunch // CCF Lounge
 2:15-4:15            Panel Sessions 2
Extra-familial frames // Munk 023N
Chair: Siobhan Angus (York University)
  • Deborah Weinstein (Brown University), “Animals in Family Photographs”
  • Reilley Bishop-Stall(McGill University), “Friction and Familiarity in Family Albums: A Residential School Teacher’s Photographic Legacy”
  • Heather Diack (University of Miami), “We Are Family: Leslie Hewitt’s Riff’s On Real Time”
  • Discussant: Matthew Brower
Visual Diasporas //  Munk 108N
Chair: Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University)
  • Leigh Raiford (University of California, Berkeley), “‘The Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver Family Archive: African Diaspora Family Album in Exile, 1970-75:”
  • Lily Cho (York University), “Diaspora in the Darkroom: theorizing chromogenic process and ontologies of diasporic connection”
  • Sabeena Gadihoke (Jamia Millia Islamia), “The Partition in a Digital Age: An Archeology of Family Photographs through Absence and Presence”
  • Discussant: Bakirathi Mani (Swarthmore College)
Politicizing Family // Munk 208N
Chair: Tanya Sheehan (Colby College)
  • Drew Thompson (Bard College), “Não há nada (“There is nothing”)”: The Absence of Retratos in Independent Mozambique”
  • Sharon Huebner (Monash University), “’It’s a resting place, where our spirits go’: Bringing back lost ancestor memories to Western Australia’s Southern – Noongar boodia”
  • Kimberly Juanita Brown (Mount Holyoke College), “Next of Kin: Photographic Mortevivum and the Violence of Proximity”
  • Discussant: Catherine Zuromskis (Rochester Institute of Technology)
4:15-4:30            Coffee break // CCF lounge
4:30-6:30          Plenary Session: Indigenous Kinships // CCF
  • Richard Hill (Emily Carr University), “Bring the Whole Family: Picturing Indigenous Kinship Networks under Capitalism”
  • Carol Payne (Carleton University), “Photography, Family, and Inuit Culture”
  • Moderator: Sarah Parsons
6:30                   Dinner on your own.


8:30-9:00          Coffee & Registration // CCF          
9:00-11:00        Plenary Session: Collecting and Archiving Family Photographs // CCF
  • Fiona Kinsey (Museum Victoria, Australia)
  • Luce Lebart Canada (Canadian Photography Institute)
  • Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP, UK)
  • Rahaab Allana (Alkazi Collection, India)
  • Moderators: Elspeth Brown (University of Toronto) and Deepali Dewan (Royal Ontario Museum)
11:00-11:15           Coffee break // CCF lounge
11:15-1:15             Panel Sessions 3
Secrecy // Munk 023N
Chair: Sara Rozenberg (York University)
  • Sara Davidmann (University of the Arts, London), “Ken. To be destroyed”
  • Erin Gray (University of California, Irvine), “America’s ‘Concrete Universal’: Excising Lynching from The Family of Man”
  • Andrea Doucet (Brock University), “The ethics and aesthetics of remembrance in the aftermath of catastrophe”
  • Discussant: Richard Fung (OCAD University)
Masculinities // Munk 108N
Chair: Jordan Bear(University of Toronto)
  • Adria Imada (University of California, Irvine), “Dreaming in Pictures: “Family” Albums and Kinship during Medical Incarceration”
  • Georgiana Banita (Bamberg University), “The Refuge of Photography: Framing Migrant Men”
  • Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “Too Many Men”
  • Discussant: Sarah Bassnett (Western University)
Cold War Generations // Munk 208N
Chair: Susan Meiselas (Magnum Foundation)
  • Iyko Day (Mount Holyoke College), “Nuclear Family Photography and Generational Memory”
  • Jung Joon Lee (Rhode Island School of Design), “Orphan Nation: Remembering the Korean War as Family-Nation”
  • Olivia Tait (University College London), “Kustlerehepaar: I.G.G.R.”
  • Discussant: Tong Lam (University of Toronto)
1:15-2:15              Lunch // CCF Lounge
 2:15-4:15            Panel Sessions 2
Hauntings // Munk 023N
Chair: Laura Wexler (Yale University)
  • Jeehey Kim (Independent Scholar, Korea), “Funerary Portrait Photography and Ghost/Spirit Marriage in East Asia”
  • Autumn Womack (Princeton University), “What of the Family of the Dead?: The Family Photograph as Lynching Photography”
  • Franny Nudelman (Carleton University), “Reframing Postmortem Photography: Tim Hetherington’s ‘Sleeping Soldiers’”
  • Discussant: Yi (Evie) Gu (University of Toronto)
Akin: Conventions of Childhood // Munk 108N
Chair: Martha Langford (Concordia University)
  • Jennifer Orpana (Royal Ontario Museum), “Childhood Snapshots: Transnational Conventions in Family Photography”
  • Daniel Magilow (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Cute Jews: On Nahum Gidal’s Judische Kinder in Erez Israel Ein Photobuch”
  • LiLi Johnson (Yale University), “Photographic Conceptions: Referral Photography and the Family Album in Chinese Transnational Adoption”
  • Discussant: Marianne Hirsch
Racialized Citizenship and Non-citizenship // Munk 208N
Chair: Sara Blair (University of Michigan)
  • Gabrielle Moser (OCAD University), “Familial Ties and Citizen Claims: Photography, Race and Citizenship in African Canadian Newspapers”
  • Julia Lum (Yale University), “Narrating Visibility: Chinese Canadian Family Photography and the Exclusion Period, 1923-67”
  • Nadine Attewell (McMaster University), “Intimations of Abundance: Working-Class Family Photography and the Look of Mixed Race”
  • Discussant: Gayatri Gopinath (New York University)
4:15-4:30             Coffee break // CCF lounge
4:30-6:30           Plenary Session: Reframing Family in Colonial and Carceral Contexts // CCF
  • Tina Campt (Barnard College)
  • Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University)
  • Moderator: Julie Crooks (Art Gallery of Ontario)
6:30-6:45           Concluding remarks // CCF
  • Thy Phu (Western University)
  • Elspeth Brown (University of Toronto)
  • Deepali Dewan (University of Toronto & Royal Ontario Museum)
7:30                    Closing Banquet // The Host
Pre-registration required: Sold out.
Meet at The Host: Fine Indian Cuisine, 14 Prince Arthur Avenue