CFP: The Left Conference – Photography and Film criticism – International Conference | Deadline: July 21st, 2017


Since the late nineteenth century the print photograph in the media stood as a powerful tool for denouncing social injustice and claiming better life conditions – i.e. as seen in the work of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, or Joshua Benoliel, as many others.  In the early decades of the twentieth century the use of images had a significant boost with film, when directors such as Flaherty, Eisenstein, John Grierson, Vertov, Dvorjenko or Jivens, combining documental intentions with avant-garde experimental claims, made possible to discuss political and historical conditions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate photographs and film as a social tool from a leftist stance. In particular, to examine and explore the relation of documentary practices and political commitment in different historical circumstances throughout the twentieth and the twenty first centuries.

Keynote speakers
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Steve Edwards (Birbeck College)
Antonio Somaini (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III)

The seminar/conference will take place at Contemporary Art Museum of Chiado in Lisbon and Faculty of Fine Arts/ University of Lisbon on November 16-18 2017. 

We invite paper submission of no more than 500 words abstract that focuses on photography and film related to:

  • the creation of documentary as a social and political weapon;
  • the soviet revolution as an experimental wave in photography, design and film;
  • anticolonial and postcolonial imagery;
  • women rights and feminist imagery;
  • avant gardes and  ideology claims;
  • the role of images in the leftist movements;
  • Contemporary art practices and social and political criticism;
  • Alan Sekula legacy and the political commitment with images.

Keynote speakers
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Steve Edwards (Birbeck College)
Antonio Somaini (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III)

Conference Venue & Dates
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado / National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado
Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa/ Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
November 16-17-18, 2017


Paper Submission: free
Regular Registration: 40€
Student Registration: 25€

Please send your abstracts until July 21st, 2017 to: