P05
Reviving the archives as pictorial histories

Convenors:
Ben Burt (British Museum)
Gaye Sculthorpe (British Museum)
Location:
Anthropology Library
Start time:
31 May, 2014 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel will explore issues raised in using archived images of persons, places and artefacts to represent the history and culture of peoples who have been colonised and photographed in ways which will benefit them as well as us.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore issues raised in using archived images of persons, places and artefacts to represent the history and culture of peoples who have been colonised and photographed in ways which will benefit them as well as us. Beyond considering the perspectives conveyed by photographers and collectors, colonial, academic and indigenous, it will focus on how the images can be presented, interpreted and disseminated as anthropologically-informed descriptions of the colonial and global transformations of the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. What collections of photographs communicate which written histories and ethnographies cannot, and what information will they distort or obscure? How may they represent local perspectives, especially those alien to the photographers? What are the technical, practical and ethical issues involved in presenting and repatriating pictorial histories? Papers will address such questions through case studies of particular photographic projects.