International Workshop: New Territories – Landscape Representation in Contemporary Photographic Practices

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Date(s) - 16/06/2017 - 18/06/2017

Senatssaal - HU Berlin


Internationaler Workshop
zum Thema „Europäische Landschaftsfotografie“

Call for Papers

New Territories: Landscape Representation in Contemporary Photographic


International Workshop
16, 17 and 18 June 2017, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


This three-day international workshop provides an opportunity for an
in-depth examination of contemporary developments in the genre of
landscape and its photographic representation, and the ways in which that
genre brings into focus some of the most pressing issues facing our
society today. In Europe, urban expansion and post-industrial
reconstruction count among the main causes of transformations undergone by
our physical environments. In the contemporary period, many artists have
turned to photography to record – as well as critically reflect upon – the
full range of socio-political, ecological and cultural underpinnings of
these changes. Thus, in Germany, several generations of artists linked
with the Düsseldorf School (Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte) as
well as those associated with Leipzig (Joachim Brohm, Matthias Hoch) and
Berlin (Ulrich Wüst, Uta Neumann) developed a significant body of
photographic work devoted to a sustained examination of the evolution of
the urban landscape and industrial architecture. An aspiration towards
objectivity in these works produced a distinct aesthetic, defined by
apparent stylistic neutrality.

In Western art, landscape has been hitherto studied predominantly in
relation to painted depictions of nature, with reference to the notions of
the sublime (Edmund Burke: 1757) and the visual ideal of the picturesque
(William Gilpin: 1768). By choosing urban and post-industrial landscapes
as their subject, and consciously foregrounding their everyday, ordinary
aspects, contemporary lens-based practices appear to break with this
tradition of landscape representation. Furthermore, these practices often
presuppose an ethical position as they impose obligation to consider the
effect of human activity on land. Proliferation of images of wastelands,
in natural and urban contexts, seems to relate to post-industrial ruins
and sites of ecological disasters, described in a recent study as
apocalyptic ‘anti-landscapes’ (David E. Nye and Sarah Elkind: 2014).
Furthermore, the stylistic neutrality of the images of urban landscapes
can be perceived as an indication of the troubling patterns of
homogenisation in society, culture and built environment.

We invite papers from scholars of all career stages and all disciplinary
backgrounds that explore the following topics, in relation to photography
and to the context of Europe:

–    Use of photographic, lens-based and moving-image technologies in the
representations of landscape
–    Change and continuity in the genre of landscape, and the visual ideals
of the picturesque and sublime
–    Urbanisation and de-industrialisation, and its impact on land and habitat
–    Ethics and aesthetics of landscape representation
–    Everyday and vernacular landscapes
–    Wastelands and post-industrial ruins

Please send a 300-word proposal in English for a 25 min presentation, a
short biographical statement and full contact information to by January 24, 2017. All applicants
will be notified by February 10, 2017. A subsidy towards the cost of
travel and two nights of accommodation will be offered.

We ask all speakers to commit to attending all three days of the workshop.
There is no registration fee and the event is open to all to attend. The
presentations will be held in English. Confirmed speakers include: Prof.
Malcolm Andrews (University of Kent), Prof. Michael Diers
(Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Bettina Gockel (Universität
Zürich), Prof. Danièle Méaux (Université de Saint-Étienne), Prof. Liz
Wells (Plymouth University), Francesco Zanot (Nuova Accademia di Belle
Arti, Milano).

The symposium is organized by Dr. Olga Smith and Stefanie Gerke, both
based at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is presented with support of KOSMOS
Programme at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Stefanie Gerke M.A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Lehrstuhl für Kunst und neue Medien

Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin