Principal Seminar Room 1, Reid Building, GSA, 28 October, 2.00-5.00 plus drinks reception: This is a photography study afternoon with speakers Dr. Mervi Lofgren (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland), Dr. Sarah Neely (University of Stirling), Shona Main (independent researcher and PhD candidate, University of Stirling) and Jenny Brownrigg, researcher, writer and curator (GSA). Each speaker will give a presentation on their research followed by an open discussion. The event is planned to develop conversations and research links around the role of early 20th Century women photographers / filmmakers and representations of ‘the North’; contributions from participants will be welcome. The focus is on image-makers who were working in the politically charged atmosphere of this period, with class- and international conflicts very present in the minds of artists and their publics. Throughout each presentation, we see various connections, echoes, and questions, such as the role of the domestic and the everyday, the relationship of peripheries to the centres of culture, the question of earning a living and how women developed status as serious professionals. We invite audience members to read some suggested short texts in advance, in order to develop a friendly and informal discussion on the day (these will be made available once you sign up via Eventbrite). Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmation email with details of the full programme with speakers’ abstracts, reading notes and any other necessary information.
Image credit: Margaret Tait, Primula Scotica, ‘Grows nowhere else but here’, courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive