Should interest quite a few ...
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,
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria,
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