Seminar 2014–15

This year, the seminar will complete the final year of activities related to the SSHRC-funded Photographic Situation Project while turning our attention in our monthly meetings to the theme of “Mass Capture,” exploring what photographic archives might have to tell us about the current move towards digital forms of collecting, sorting and sharing images.


Ann Cvetkovich, Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Professor Cvetkovich is the author of Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012).  She co-edited (with Ann Pellegrini) “Public Sentiments,” a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, and (with Janet Staiger and Ann Reynolds) Political Emotions (Routledge, 2010).   She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her current writing projects focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history.  In 2014-15, she will be a Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, where the annual theme is Sensation. 


Book launch and public lecture: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4–7 pm: Launch of the edited volume, Feeling Photography, with a public lecture by contributing author Ann Cvetkovich.

Toronto Photography Seminar Schedule

Sept. 20, 2014, 4–7 pm

Feeling Photography book launch and public lecture by Ann Cvetkovich at The Gladstone Hotel.

Oct. 17, 2014, 4–8 pm

Master class on the digital humanities and photography, guest speaker TBC.

Nov. 14, 2014, 4–8 pm

Master class on collecting oral histories, guest speaker TBC.

Dec. 12, 2014, 10 am–12 pm (time TBC)

Lunchtime meeting and archival visit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Facilitated by Sophie Hackett.

Jan. 16, 2015, 4–8 pm

Readings on photography and mass capture (TBA). Facilitated by Lily Cho.

Feb. 13–14, 2015

All members meet at conference in Mexico City.

March 27, 2015, 4–8 pm

Readings on photography and biopolitics (TBA). Facilitated by Gabby Moser.

April 24, 2015, 4–8 pm

Meeting with the Indian Memory Project (TBC).

June 5–6, 2015

Annual retreat.