Seminar 2012-13

During this year, the seminar pursued two projects at the same time: our monthly meetings and the SSHRC-funded activities relating to the Photographic Situation Project.


Jennifer Evans, Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of History, Carleton University

Professor Evans teaches a variety of courses in 20th century German history with a primary interest in the history of sexuality. Her book, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) explores the rebirth of the city’s various subcultures in the aftermath of World War II. She also writes about same-sex sexuality in Nazi and post-1945 Germany and am finishing a manuscript on pink triangle victims after Hitler. Her next two research projects are contemporary in focus. “Hate 2.0: Combating Right-Wing Extremism in the Age of Social Technology” is a collaborative project supported by SSHRC that analyzes the role and potential of digital media in countering online hate. She is also exploring the way 1970s and 1980s queer erotic photography acted both as a practice of self-actualization and a claim to sexual freedom in the pre- AIDS era.

For more about Professor Evans, see:


The Photographic Situation Project Works-in-progress workshop: Sept. 20-23, 2012, with working papers by Elspeth Brown, David Campbell, Stephen Mayes, Gabrielle Moser, Andrea Noble, Thy Phu, Sharon Sliwinski, Shawn Michelle Smith, John Tagg, Dot Tuer, Edward Welch, Kelly Wood, Carol Zemel and Andres Zervigon, and responses by Sarah Bassnett, Matthew Brower, Ann Cvetkovich, Deepali Dewan, Sarah Parsons, Mark Reinhardt and Linda Steer. University of Toronto.

Public Talk: Thursday Nov. 8, 2-4 pm: Jennifer Evans, “Queering the Gays/Gaze: sex, street, and subculture in 1970s queer erotic photography,” 208N Munk School, University of Toronto.


Sept. 20-23, 2012      

The Photographic Situation Project meets in Toronto.

Oct. 19, 2012 4-8 pm 

Chaudhary, Zahid R. Afterimage of Empire: Photography in 19th c India. University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Facilitated by Deepali Dewan.

Nov. 9, 2012, 4-8 pm            

Guest: Jennifer Evans (Carleton University), working paper.

Nov. 30, 2012, 4-8 pm

Campt, Tina M. Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe. Durham, NC: Duke University, 2012. Facilitated by Sharon Sliwinski.

Dec. 7, 2012, 10 am-1 pm      

Documentary Photography Today,” a one-day symposium organized by colleagues at The Developing Room featuring speakers Nina Berman, Mary Panzer, and Sharon Sliwinski, with comments by Diane Neumaier.

Jan. 9-12, 2013

All members will meet at Durham University for “Doing Photography,” a conference organized and hosted by the Durham Center for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS). See the call for papers.

Feb. 8, 2013, 4-8 pm      

Raiford, Leigh. Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Facilitated by Thy Phu.

March 8, 2013, 4-8 pm        

Edwards, Elizabeth. The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885-1918. Durhamn, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. Facilitated by Dot Tuer.

April 12, 2013, 4-8 pm                       

Discussion of themes and projects for 2013-14.

June 7–8, 2013: Annual retreat