Conference: Visual Culture: Film/Photography/History
April 23-25, 1992

This conference explored the relationships among film, photography, and historical changes in modes of looking and perception. It was the first film conference held at the Center since 1982. The book, Fugitive Images: From Photography to Video emerged as a result of this conference.

Eric Rentschler (UC-Irvine) and Patrice Petro (UWM)

Thursday, April 23  
2:00 - 2:30 pm Welcome: Kathleen Woodward (UWM)
2:30 - 3:30 pm Histories of Looking: Theories of Perception
  Linda Williams (UC-Irvine)
4:00 - 6:00 pm Tom Gunning (SUNY-Purchase)
6:00 pm Reception
8:00 - 9:30 pm Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds)

(back l-r) Kathleen Woodward, Coco Fusco, Patrice Petro, Patricia Mellencamp, (front l-r) Tracey Moffat, Carol Tennessen

Friday, April 24  
10:00 am - 12:00 Visual Economies
  Allan Sekula (California Institute of Art)
  Herbert Blau (UWM)
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 pm Philippe Dubois (Université de Liège, Université de Paris III)
3:30 - 5:30 pm Disputed Histories
  Sally Stein (UC-Irvine)
  Charles Wolfe (UC-Santa Barbara)
7:00 - 9:30 pm Patricia Mellencamp (UWM)
Screening of films by Tracey Moffat (Australia)
and Laleen Jayamanne (Sri Lanka)

Linda Williams (UC-Irvine)

Saturday, April 25  
10:00 am - 12:00 Anatomies of the Visible
  Abigail Solomon-Godeau (UC-Santa Barbara)
  Lynne Kirby (Independent Television Service)
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 pm Imagining the Nation
  Eric Rentschler (UC-Irvine)
  Edward Buscombe (British Film Institute)
4:00 - 6:00 pm Negativity and History (between Photography and Historiograghy)
  John Tagg (SUNY-Binghampton)
  Miriam Hansen (University of Chicago)

Philippe Dubois (Université de Liège, Université de Paris III)

Discussants Dudley Andrew, Ben Brewster, Eduardo Cadava, Lea Jacobs, Andrew Martin, Linda Mizejewski, Roswitha Mueller

Connie Ballides (Uline Fellow) and Lynne Worshaw

Conference Organizer: Patrice Petro (UWM)
Conference Coordinator: Carol Tennessen (UWM)

Jamie Owen Daniel and Herbert Blau


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