Workshop “Working Through Colonial Photography” & Lecture: Prof. Dr. R. Mahalakshmi (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Date(s) - 31/01/2018 - 01/02/2018

HU Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal 3075
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January 31, 2 pm-6 pm /February 1, 9 am-12.30 pm
Charlottenstraße 42 (corner of Dorotheenstraße)
10117 Berlin, 3rd floor, room 3.01

January 31, 6 pm c.t.
HU Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, lecture hall 3075

Working Through Colonial Photography

Organized by Hannah Baader, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin/KHI Florenz, Max-Planck-Institute/Eva Ehninger, Humboldt-University, Berlin/Pathmini Ukwattage, Basel University


The doubled (and troubled) status of photographs produced in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for the purposes of delimiting, defining, categorizing and ordering colonial territories and their inhabitants as documents of both the realities of life under colonial rule and as expressions of colonial ideologies has been noted and discussed. At the same time, archives of colonial photography remain extremely valuable resources, as they provide us with a wealth of imagery of cultural artefacts and social interaction that would not exist were it not for the colonial mania to document and collect. This workshop asks how our methodological tools need to be adjusted to the handling of this material in order to do justice to its visual wealth as well as its structural opacity, its deliberate omissions, conscious rearrangements and colonial points of view.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2.00 pm
Welcome and introduction (Hannah Baader, Eva Ehninger, Pathmini Ukwattage)

2.30 pm  
Marco Musilio (KHI Florenz) Chinese Photography around 1900: Challenging the West

3.15 pm                      Coffee break

3.45 pm
Natasha Eaton (University College London) Between Sepia and the Solar: Photography in South Asia

4.30 pm
Shivani Sud (University of California, Berkeley) Archiving Epidemiology: The Epistemologies of Plague Photography in Colonial Bombay, 1896-97

6.15 pm                      Evening lecture


Thursday, February 1, 2018

9 am 
Sophie Junge (Universität Zürich) Iconic Distance: Circulating Photographs from Colonial Indonesia

9.45 am  
Margarete Pratschke (HU Berlin) From the Berlin Castle to the Netherlendish Indies. The Deutsche Kunstgemeinschaft’s avant-garde art exhibition in Batavia – a case of colonial photography?

10.15 am                    Coffee break

10.45   am  
Constanza Caraffa (KHI Florenz) German Wissenschaft in Italy. Decolonising the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

11.30 am 
Jonas Wenger (Universität Basel) Representations of Labour in Iranian Photography, 1842-1979

12 am                          Discussion

12.30 pm                     Lunch break


With generous support from the Stiftung Preussische Seehandlung.

Please register via mail until January 21, 2018:


Lecture, 31. Januar 6 pm c.t.
HU Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, lecture hall 3075

Prof. Dr. R. Mahalakshmi
Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

Documenting Monuments and Iconography: Photography and Colonial Knowledge Production in South Asia

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Eva Ehninger
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte