5th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2018) 


November 22-24, 2018

Nicosia, Cyprus

International Association of Photography & Theory (IAPT)


Keynote Speakers:

Akram Zaatari. Filmmaker, photographer, archival artist, curator and co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation.

Dr. Anthony Downey. Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Birmingham School of Art, Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Ibraaz.

Dr. Olga Demetriou. PRIO Cyprus Centre (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and Department of Social and Political Science, University of Cyprus.


As drones fly over our heads surveying our movements, it becomes evident that the fast evolving technologies of capturing images of war and violence have resulted, among other things, in an unprecedented extent of spectacles of conflict. Anaesthetized and disconcerted because of our repeated encounter with the visual representation of the ever increasing instances of strife, the potential democratic role of photographic images in addressing how we understand notions of pluralism, control, manipulation, terror and erasure gains precedence as we realize our numbness due to over-exposure. Propaganda, resistance and activism are re-narrated through a post- and yet neo-colonial frame of political intervention, control and detention by world powers, while the presence of photographic images of conflict has become firmly relocated, placed within contemporary art practice and the museum space.  At the same time, due to the proliferating technologies of production, the multiplicity of photographic practices, genres, uses and migrations of photographs, we are compelled to start thinking about photographic endeavours in terms of a multitude of photographies instead of the singularity of photography.  

The advancements of technologies enable the gathering, collecting and storing of more and more images, allowing us to explore the conflictual dynamics of collections and of the ways in which archives are shaped.  Far from being interpreted merely as places of collection and order, archives have emphatically emerged as sites of social, historical, theoretical, artistic and political debate. Attempts to unravel the regenerative – sometimes even radical – potentials of state-ordained and institutional archiving practices reveal the disputed narratives of photographic archives and their role in chronicling conflict, materiality and dissonance.  Oscillating between what we do or do not allow to be included, and moving between the rigidness and fluidity with which we construct our rhetorics of visibility and invisibility, photographic archives emerge as contested territories. 

The 2018 International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2018) interweaves the ideas of the conflictual and the archival in relation to the photographic image. The open call is shaped on the basis of three thematic strands: Archiving Photographies; Wars, Tensions and Photographic Mediations; Photographies and Conflict as Cultural Product. Proposals for presentations should be submitted for one of the three strands and should address, but are not limited to, the following topics:


Archiving Photographies

          Contesting the archive & contested archives

          Dissonant archives

          Affect and the embodied archive

          Archival activism

          Radical photographic archives, unarchiving, de-archiving

          The photographic archive as healing or as trauma

          The desire to archive contested narratives

          Propaganda and other specialized archives

          Contested biographies of an archive

          Archive, conflict and education

          Archives and photographic ecosystems

          Archiving and photographic materialities

          Invisible photographic archives

          Queer and queering photographic archives

          Conflict and interdisciplinary research into photographic archives


Conflicts and Photographic Mediations

          Technologies of surveillance photography (e.g. drone images)

          War reporting

          Distributing contested & contesting the distribution of photographic images

          Forensic photographies

          Democracy under threat, and the centrality of the photographic medium

          Multitudes and multiplicities: smartphone photographies as shared production, consumption, knowledge

          Whistle-blowing and photographies

          Control and manipulation of consuming photographies of conflict

          Erasure, appropriation and remixing

          Terrorism / anti-terrorism through contemporary photographic imagery

          Photographic everydayness in areas of on-going strife, socially armed conflict, violent divisions

          Photographies of domestic, urban, gender and other social and cultural conflicts 

          Photographic mediations of conflict and education

          Voyeurism, ethics of producing and consuming photographies of conflict

          Regional debates on photographies and conflict


Photographies and Conflict as Cultural Product

          Photographic exhibitions of conflict 

          Curatorial practices addressing and exploring conflict through photography

          Museums and photographies of conflict

          Artistic processes involving or related to photographies capturing conflict and contestation

          Exhibitions on propaganda and other politically-charged photographic practices 

          Photographies, conflict, exhibitions and education

          Activism through contemporary photographic imagery

          Post-colonial lives of photographies

          Resistance through contemporary photographic imageries

          Violence and war through contemporary photographic imageries

          Photography and the conflict turn of contemporary art



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, education, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts. 


To propose a paper, please send

a)      A 400-word abstract with title(excluding references)

b)      Full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details (address, email, phone number and title of presentation) are, for the purposes of blind refereeing, to be sent separately. A short biographical note (200 words) should also be included. 


The two documents (abstract; contact details and bio) should be sent to icpt@photographyandtheory.com in Word format, in English, no later than Arpil 30th, 2018. 

Please do not send pdf files. Also, please note that the above deadline is final.

Submitted proposals will go through a blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by June 15, 2018. For more information and conference updates, please visit the website of the International Association of Photography and Theory: www.photographyandtheory.com

Submissions and questions:  icpt@photographyandtheory.com


Important Dates: 

- Deadline for submission: April 30, 2018

- Notification of authors: June 15, 2018

- Deadline for early registration: September 3, 2018

- Deadline for late registration: November 5, 2018

- Conference: November 22 – 24, 2018



Members of the Organizing Committee (ICPT2018)

Dr EvanthiaTselika, Chair, University of Nicosia, Cyprus/ Birkbeck University of London, UK

Despo Pasia, Chair, UCL – Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University, Cyprus 

Dr Elena Stylianou, European University, Cyprus

Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Yiannis Toumazis, Frederick University/ Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Pierides Foundation, Cyprus

Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University, Cyprus



Members of the Scientific Committee (ICPT2018)

Prof. Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, UK

Prof. Martha Langford, Concordia University, Canada

Prof. Pam Meecham, University of London, UK

Dr Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck University of London, UK

Dr Sarah Tuck, Valand Academy – University of Gothenburg& Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden

Dr.Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr EvanthiaTselika, University of Nicosia, Cyprus/ Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Despo Pasia, UCL – Institute of Education, UK

Dr Elena Stylianou, European University, Cyprus

Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University, Cyprus