Seminar 2010-11

During this year, the seminar met regularly to discuss readings relating to the theme of photography and affect/emotion/feeling and to workshop papers-in-progress by seminar members. The book that Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu have edited, Feeling Photography, based on the 2009 conference, received a contract from Duke University Press. The seminar also submitted a grant proposal for a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), which was funded for 2011-14 for the Photographic Situation Project.


Carol Mavor, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester.

Professor Mavor is the author of three books: Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barrie, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott ( 2007);  Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess,  Hawarden (1999) and Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs (1995), all  published by Duke University Press. Her work has been widely acknowledged and reviewed in publications in the US and UK, including the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement and The Village Voice.  Currently, she is finishing a novel entitled FUL, and a slim film book entitled Black and Blue. 

Shawn Michelle Smith, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Professor Smith teaches courses on the history and theory of photography and gender and race in visual culture. She is the author of American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton University Press, 1999), Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (Duke University Press, 2004), co-author with Dora Apel of Lynching Photographs (University of California Press, 2007), and co-editor with Maurice Wallace of Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2012).

Toronto Photography Seminar Schedule

Oct. 22, 2010

Workshop paper: “Introduction” to Feeling Photography, Thy Phu and Elspeth Brown.

Butler, Judith. Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? London: Verso Books, 2009.

Nov. 19, 2010

Workshop papers: Deepali Dewan, Dot Tuer, and Carol Zemel.

Jan. 14, 2011

Workshop paper: Sarah Bassnett.

Ranciere, Jacques. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics. New York: Continuum, 2009. (Selections). Moderated by Dot Tuer.

Feb. 4, 2011

History and Theory special issue on photography, Volume 48, Issue 4 (December 2009).

March 11, 2011

Guest: Carol Mavor, workshop paper.

April 15, 2011

Guest: Shawn Michelle Smith, writing workshop.

June 8/9, 2011

Annual retreat