Visualising Human Rights Conference
5-6 December 2016
Fremantle, Western Australia
We are pleased to announce that the Returning Photos team will be convening the “Visualising Human Rights” conference to be held in December 2016 in Fremantle, Western Australia.
This event explores the powerful role of photography in shaping our understanding of human rights
This event explores the powerful role of photography in shaping our understanding of human rights. Historically images have been a crucial way of disseminating ideas, creating a sense of proximity between peoples across the globe, and notions of a shared humanity.
In recent years scholars have begun to argue for new notions of photography that turn our attention to our responsibilities as viewers. A new interest in the medium’s social effects has displaced analysis of the photo as sign and the photographer as author, and raises compelling questions regarding affect and representation, the limits of empathy across racial, gender and class lines, and the complexity of understanding images of distant suffering. How do these insights help us to understand our own situation, and the varying forces of modern imagery? This conference seeks to explore these and other questions surrounding the historical reception of human rights via imagery and its legacies in the present.
For more information regarding the conference go to: http://www.visualisinghumanrights.com.au/