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Arni Sverrisson

Aug 21, 2011, 7:25:41 AM8/21/11
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Hello all,

I am co-organizing a panel with Roswitha Breckner for the Biography and Society section of the ISA (RC #38) about "Pictures, Biographies, and Families." If you're planning to attend the Second ISA Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-4, 2012 please consider this as a possible venue for presenting your work. Here's a link to information about the Forum and call for papers:

and a description of our panel. Contact me or Roswitha Breckner directly if you have any questions.

Pictures, biographies and families

Susan BELL, Bowdoin College, United States, sb...@bowdoin.edu
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria, roswitha...@univie.ac.at

Pictures are part of biographical and family processes in many ways. In everyday life practices we create a huge variety of visual images of ourselves and others (friends, families, colleagues, enemies etc.), and are confronted by them in turn. Personal photos are used in CVs, in passports and other personal documents as well as in many social networks. We keep photos from lovers, husbands, wives, children in pockets, sometimes framed as pictures in our flats, as sorted or unsorted collections in boxes, computer files, shared internet folders or traditional photo albums. We try to create and share memories from special situations, places and milieus, and to connect with those already gone. Photos are used to document dramatic events, and to deal with losses brought about by them.

This session invites papers addressing social processes of taking and using photos, films and videos which become biographically meaningful in the context of families, specific groups, milieus and societies.


Susan Bell

Susan E. Bell
Professor of Sociology
A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Bowdoin College
7000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8470
Phone: 207-725-3292
Fax:     207-725-3023
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