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The Holocaust Research Institute Workshop Series: Atrocity Photography

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The HRI’s autumn 2017 workshop focuses on atrocity photography, and will bring together three scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to explore case studies ranging from late-nineteenth-century British colonial massacres, to the Khmer Rouge, to the destruction of Yugoslavia. While scholarly discussions of atrocity photography have often turned on the troubled ethics of ‘regarding the pain of others’, or on photography’s capacity to provide ‘proof’, this workshop will explore how close readings of images from a particular context can give a deeper insight into the process of genocide, and our responses to it.

The workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members and others. The idea of the workshop format is to explore issues and ideas in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

The workshop will begin at 10:00 and the day will finish no later than 16:30.

Speakers include:

Michelle Gordon (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘Viewing Violence in the British Empire’

Stephanie Benzaquen-Gautier (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Looking from the Other Side: How the Khmer Rouge Visualized Violence Against the Pol Pot Regime’

Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London)
‘The Forensic Turn and the Thingness of the Photograph’

This event is free but places are extremely limited! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Image: A 'Sarajevo rose', Katedrala Srca Isusova, Sarajevo, photographed by Rebecca Jinks.

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