Speaking of Photography

A Series of Lectures at Concordia University

Speaking of Photography is an ongoing, annual series of public lectures on the history, theory, and practice of photography, organized by the Department of Art History. Since 2007-08 it has welcomed photographic scholars from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The series is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, with additional support from the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art; the Concordia University Research Chair in Art History; members of the Art History Graduate Students Association; Ciel Variable magazine; Château Versailles Hotel; and other interested sponsors.

Lectures are held in EV-1.605, the York Amphitheatre on the ground floor of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex, 1515 St. Catherine West. Metro Guy-Concordia.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more detailed information, visit the Speaking of Photography website


Jolene Rickard - Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Associate Professor, Departments of History of Art and Art, Cornell University
Indigenous Time: The Photograph as Resurgence
Friday, 23 September 2016, at 18:30

Janet T. Marquardt - Distinguished Professor Emerita, Eastern Illinois University, Research Associate, Mount Holyoke College
Renewing Romanesque: The Zodiaque book series and modernist photography
Friday, 20 January 2016, at 18:30

Past Lectures


Speaking of Photography is a partner in an international conference on photography being organized by Concordia University, the Université du Québec à Montréal, and Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
À partir d'aujourd'hui... Reconsidering Postphotography
Thursday, October 1 to Saturday, October 3

Julie Crooks - Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Ontario Museum
“Fugitivity”: Cultivating the Black Subject in 19th-century Photography in Southern Ontario
Friday, 12 February 2016, at 18:30

Thierry Gervais - Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC)
Photographic Essay versus Pictorial Essay: publishing press photographs
Friday, 4 March 2016, at 18:30


Sherry Farrell Racette - Departments of Native Studies and Women & Gender Studies, University of Manitoba
Indigenous Photography as Voice and Witness
Friday, 3 October 2014, at 18:30

Ian Walker - Independent scholar, London, UK
The Short, Sharp History of Surrealist Photography
Friday, 14 November 2014, at 18:30

Joan Fontcuberta - Artist and guest curator for Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2015
Postphotography: The Revenge of Images
Friday, 13 February 2015, at 18:30

Aaron Glass - Assistant professor, Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY
In the Land of Head Hunters
Friday, 13 March 2015, at 18:30
Screening of the film In the Land of the Head Hunters will begin at 18:30


Paul Wombell - Guest Curator, Mois de la photo à Montréal 2013
Beyond Photographic Time

Carol Payne - Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Carleton University
The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971
Presented in collaboration with McGill-Queen's University Press

Lucy Soutter - Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art
Beyond Photography: Persistence of the Photographic in Contemporary Art

Judith Nicholson - Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Looking at American Lynching Photographs: A Canadian Perspective

Canadian Photography History Research Group - Department of Art History, Concordia University
Imaged Communities: Putting Canadian Photography History in its Place


Anne Wilkes Tucker - Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
War / Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath

Jordan Bear - Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of Toronto
Photographs and Other Deceptions, circa 1839

Vincent Lavoie - Associate Professor, Département d'histoire de l'art, Université du Québec à Montréal
Contemporary Photography and Forensic Imagination

Shelley Rice - Arts Professor, Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, and Department of Art History, College of Arts and Science, NYU
Local Space/Global Visions: Archives, Networks, and Visual Geography Around 1900


Tanya Sheehan - Assistant Professor, Art History Department, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
National Expressions: Rethinking the History of the Photographic Smile

Anthony W. Lee - Professor of Art, Mount Holyoke College
A Shoemaker's Story

Kelly Dennis - Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History and the History of Photography, University of Connecticut
Digital Proximities: Internet Art and the Economies of Porn

Deborah Willis - Professor, Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, and University Professor, Africana Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Posing Beauty in African and African-American Culture


Laurie Dahlberg - Associate Professor of Art History and Photography, Bard College
Amateur/amateur: Thoughts on the Devolution of a Gentleman's Art

Robert Hariman - Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
John Louis Lucaites - Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
Boots and Hands: Visual Tropes and Democratic Public Culture

Presented in collaboration with the international colloquium Imaginaires du présent. Photographie, politique et poétique de l’actualité/ Imaginaries of the Present: News Photography, Politics, and Poetics. Organized by Figura, centre de recherche sur le texte et l'imaginaire, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jayne Wark - Professor, Historical and Critical Studies, NSCAD University
'Serious Art Is Only Made in Black and White': Photography and Conceptual Art in Canada

Martha Langford - Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Art History, Concordia University
John Langford - Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
A Cold War Tourist and His Camera


Joan M. Schwartz - Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Department of Art, Queen’s University
Rethinking the Discursive Origins of Photography: Alexander von Humboldt and the Pursuit of Geographical Knowledge

Louis Kaplan - Associate Professor of History and Theory of Photography, University of Toronto
Documenting Ghosts: The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer

Jordana Mendelson - Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
Exhibiting the 1930s: Photography, Modernism, and Print Culture

Deepali Dewan - Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Visions of Colonialism and Modernity: 19th-Century India and the Photographs of Deen Dayal

David Harris - Associate Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
Under the Loupe: Contact Sheets and the Creative Process


Jerry Zaslove - Professor Emeritus, Humanities and English, Simon Fraser University
Mindfulness toward Memory in Four Photographic Objects

William A. Ewing - Director, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Jack's True Calling

Elizabeth Edwards - Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of the Arts London
'Unblushing Realism' and the Threat of the Pictorial: Photography, Evidence, and the Problem of Style

John Raeburn - Professor of American Studies and English, the University of Iowa
Tradition and Modernity in Ben Shahn's American Scene, 1938

Carol Williams - Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Feminism & Gender Studies, Trent University
Puncturing History’s Blindness


Marianne Hirsch - Columbia University
Street Photographs: ‘Before, During and After’ the Holocaust

Mary Warner Marien - Syracuse University
The Absent Present: Picturing the Poor in the 1840s

Rosemary Donegan - Ontario College of Art
Industrial Photography: From the Vernacular to the New Monumentalism

Geoffrey Batchen - City University of New York Graduate Centre
Snapshots: Art History and the Ethnographic Turn

John O’Brian - University of British Columbia
Camera Atomica: A Case Study in Nuclear Photography

Réalisation : Centre de services en TI et en pédagogie (CSTIP) (Université Laval)