Call for Papers: Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies

5-7th July 2012, The School of the Arts, Loughborough University

Home/Land is an interdisciplinary conference at The School of Arts, Loughborough University that asks what dialogues might be engendered, globally and locally, around concepts of citizenship and belonging by engaging with women’s photographic practices. In the terms of this conference, ‘photographic practices’ may include both historical and contemporary work, still and/or moving image, derived from fine art and social science contexts and embracing genres such as portraiture, landscape, documentary and installation.

We invite papers and presentations from theoreticians, historians and/or practising artists on the issues raised by this theme, which may include:

•  how questions of sexual and other forms of difference impact upon the geopolitics of citizenship;

•  how the imaged communities formed through multiple modes of photographic practice inform, unform or reform notions of ‘home’;

•  how women’s photographies redefine personal and communal identities in relation to the politics of ‘land’

Selected papers and photographic work will be included in an edited anthology following the event.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words accompanied by a brief biographical statement (150 words maximum) should be sent to Marion Arnold (  and Marsha Meskimmon ( by 11th November 2011.

Where presentations are focused upon artists’ work or practice-led research, please include no more than 10 low-res images or a small quick-time file – maximum file size of total: 2MB.

A conference convened by the International Network Project, ‘Lens of Empowerment’  (partner-members: School of the Arts, Loughborough University; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa; The International Academy of Art, Palestine; University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada)

The conference is facilitated in partnership with Iris, the international women’s photography resource []  and Radar, Loughborough University Arts [].





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