Photographies: Call for papers

Singapore Conference

16 -17 January (Thursday & Friday) 2020


Editorial Information

David Bate- University of Westminster, UK
Liz Wells-Plymouth University, UK

Photographies is excited to announce its second conference hosted in Singapore in January 2020. The two-day international event will bring together scholars, photographers, artists and critics to consider the rapid growth of photography in Asia and its impact in a global and international context.

We seek proposals that explore the practices, theories and conditions of photography in and from ‘Asia’, considered as a heterogeneous geography and cultural formation. The conference aims to shed light on specific new issues relating to new technologies, cultural concerns and critical frameworks relating to photography and photography education in these regions. We are particularly interested in presentations or panels whether visual, theoretical or critically led, to address emergent problems and contemporary questions.

More specifically we invite proposals for papers that critically address the following themes or related issues:

  • The role of archives and memory in contemporary photography
  • New practices, technologies, and cultural change
  • Questions on the history of photography in Asia and photography education
  • Environment, ecology and photography
  • Festivals, collecting, and circulations of photography.
  • Submission Instructions

    To submit a proposal, please use a Word file labeled as your family name, e.g. bate_proposal.doc). Please include in your proposal:

    • Your name
    • Contact address and email
    • Title of presentation
    • Abstract (max 300 words)
    • Three keywords
    • 30 word biography
    • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)

    You may also include a short example of visual material (if practice-based, maximum 5 jpegs (1MB maximum each) or a PDF file. Use your name as titles (e.g. bate1.jpg, bate2.jpg etc).

    Please email your proposal to:

    Deadline for proposals: 5 August 2019


    The proposal should be sent in English, but we hope to have translation facilities at the conference for multi-language presentations.

    This is a peer-reviewed conference. All proposals will be peer reviewed.

    Submission outcomes will be notified through email by 30 August 2019.

    Conference website:

    The conference will also coincide with Singapore art week:

    Conference Conveners:

    David Bate, Professor University of Westminster, UK

    Oh Soonhwa, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Liz Wells, Professor University of Plymouth, UK

    Conference Administration

    School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Registration fee: 120 Singapore Dollars for public; 60 SGD for students