Call for Papers on Death / Museums / Photography. Deadline: Feb 10, 2014

Museums and Photography: Displaying Death
Edited Volume

This is an open call for submissions for an edited volume on the ways in
which death is displayed in museums through photography. The editors
seek submissions that investigate theoretically and/or through specific
international case studies the complexities of displaying photographs of
death in a museum context. Submissions are expected to contribute to our
understanding of the changing role of photography in museums and of the
museum’s ethical, pedagogical and political responsibilities for
addressing diverse audiences with the display of death through

More specifically, contributors might consider, but are not confined to,
the following themes relevant to the display of death in museums through

– Making visible the effects of violence, war or brutality on the human
– The display of death through absence(s)
– War, Memorial, or Holocaust museums and photographs of death as
documents/ evidence
– Artistic photography and the display of death in museums
– Documentary photography, death and art
– Vernacular (or other) photography in the museum
– The ethnographic versus the artistic display of death through
– Institutional versus artistic intentionality
– Individual, collective historical narratives constructed, sustained or
– The aestheticization of violence/death in the art museum through
– The political potential of museums that display photographs of death
– Visitor responses to the display of death and the question of empathy
– The issue of museums’ ethical responsibility
– The affective impact of photographs representing death in museum
displays and meaning-making processes

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a short biography of no more
that 150 words to Elena Stylianou at and to
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert at by February
10, 2014.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Edited Volume: Museums and Photography. In: H-ArtHist, Jan 26,
2014. <>.


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