CANCELLED (Authority & Authenticity in Archaeological Photographs)

12 May 2014, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Due to unforeseen circumstances this seminar has been cancelled, we were unable to find a replacement  at such short notice.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Still Lifes and Stage Sets: Authority and Authenticity in Archaeological Photographs

Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Discussant: Dr Sudeshna Guha (University of Cambridge)


Mass digitization projects are making archaeology’s photographs, over the length of its existence as a discipline, increasingly accessible as images and increasingly inaccessible as objects. These transformations demand reflection on the relationship between photographs (as both images and objects) and the creation of archaeological knowledge. This seminar will examine the role photographic practice and photographic images have played in the construction of authority within archaeology, and their relationship to the concept of authenticity. Focusing on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East during the first half of the twentieth century, the seminar attempts a preliminary answer to the questions: why do archaeological photographs look they way they do, and why do they matter?


Open to all.  No registration required

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