This conference aims to critically investigate the relationship between photography and politics as well as the politics of the medium itself. We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) from various disciplines, such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts. These should present an in-depth investigation of the relationship between photography and politics and the politics of the photographic practice historically, philosophically or through specific case studies.

Submitted proposals for presentations should address, but are not limited to one of the following:

Photography and Politics:

  • Photography and propaganda
  • Photography and ideology
  • Photography as a tool for political change
  • Photography and revolt
  • Power and photography
  • Hegemony in photographic representation
  • Cultural politics and photography
  • Photography as agent
  • Documentary photography: evidence and/or truth
  • Photography of war
  • Photography and public memory
  • Gender politics and photography
  • Photography and social history
  • Photography and colonialism
  • Globalization and photography

The Politics of Photography:

  • Photography in crisis
  • Photography and ethics
  • Politicising the moment through digital technology
  • The fiction of politics and photographic representation
  • The responsibilities of photography
  • The iconicity of photography and its political implications
  • Framing the subject: strategies and choices of the practitioner
  • The “civic” contract of photography
  • The politics of the archive
  • Politics of dissemination and reception
  • The political economy of the photograph
  • Online dissemination and the power of change
  • The ‘economy’ of images and the digital

To propose a paper please send a 400-word (excluding references) abstract no later than June 7, 2014 to For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details (address, email, phone), title of presentation, and a short biographical note (200 words) should be supplied on a separate document. Both documents (abstract and contact details) should be in English.


Extended Deadline for Abstract submission: June 17, 2014
Notification of authors: August 20, 2014
Deadline for early registration: October 10, 2014
Deadline for late registration: November 28, 2014
Conference: December 5-7, 2014

Submitted proposals will go through blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by August 20, 2014.

Questions may be sent to:

Members of the Organizing Committee (ICPT2014):

Dr Yiannis Toumazis, Chair, Frederick University Cyprus, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Pierides Foundation, Cyprus
Dr Elena Stylianou, Co- chair, European University Cyprus
Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology
Haris Pellapaisiotis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University Cyprus
Nicholas Constantinou, Association of Teachers of Photography in Secondary Education, Cyprus

Members of the Scientific Committee:

Prof. Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, UK
Prof. Darren Newbury, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UK
Prof. Pam Meecham, Institute of Education, University of London
Dr Dona Schwartz, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr Claire Robins, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Dr Yiannis Toumazis, Frederick University Cyprus, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Pierides Foundation, Cyprus
Dr Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus, Cyprus
Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Dr Hercules Papaioannou, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece


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