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Fourth Annual Graduate Student Colloquium on the History and Theory of Photography


From: Friday, April 02, 2021, 12:30pm

To: Friday, April 02, 2021, 05:30pm

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The Developing Room


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Please join us for the Developing Room’s Fourth Annual Graduate Student Colloquium on the History and Theory of Photography.

A full schedule of events is included below. 


This event will feature presentations by four Ph.D. candidates who are working on dissertation topics in which photography—its histories and theories—play a central role. Presenters will share a chapter or a section from their dissertation, along with an account of how that chapter/section fits within their larger project. The presentation format involves a formal 25-minute presentation followed by 25 minutes of discussion. The Developing Room invites a large audience of faculty and students in order to ensure a rich conversation and to build a constituency from which papers can be drawn in subsequent years. In the last three years, our event has brought together an international group of researchers working across a wide range of topics related to photography.


This year’s respondent will be Drew Sawyer, an art historian and a curator who holds the title of the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. He has previously held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art - New York, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Chazen Museum of Art. He received a 2020 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators. His recent exhibitions include John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance (2020); Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 (2019); Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha (2019); Garry Winogrand: Color (2019); I Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 (2018); Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston (2018); and Family Pictures (2018). Sawyer holds an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. 


Schedule of Events in Eastern Time:

12:30 Introduction and Welcome, Prof. Andrés Zervigón, Rutgers University

12:45 Irem Gülersönmez, Birkbeck, University of London
Absence of Violence: Ottoman Visual Propaganda during WWI and the Armenian Genocide

1:15 Discussion

1:45 Alyssa Bralower, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The New Vision of Palestine: Nation-building and Homemaking in Ellen Auerbach’s Film Tel Aviv

2:15 Discussion

2:45 Break (15 minutes)

3:00 Delphine Sims, University of California, Berkeley
Exposing the (Un)Visible of Black Presence

3:30 Discussion

4:00 Tory Jeffay, University of California, Berkeley
“Nothing But Stains”: Edward O. Heinrich and the Photographic Logic of Modern Forensics

4:30 Discussion

5:00-5:30 General Discussion with Dr. Drew Sawyer, Brooklyn Museum


More information about the presenters, including their bios, paper titles, and abstracts, can be found on the event website at

Organized by Maria Garth, William Green, and Prof. Andrés Zervigón (Rutgers University)

Sponsored by the Art History Department, Rutgers University; and Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University



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