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The Burden of Recollection: Thinking Photography After Foucault—Lecture with John Tagg

Fri Nov 1, 2013, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
DARC 230

Please join the HAVC students in welcoming John Tagg for a lecture entitled, The Burden of Recollection: Thinking Photography After Foucault, on Friday, November 1st, 2-3pm in DARC 230

In the year that marks twenty-five years since the first publication of The Burden of Representation, this lecture gives Tagg an occasion on which to pause and look back––back, in fact, a decade further than 1988, to the emergence of photo theory and new kinds of theoretically informed photographic practice in Britain in the 1970s. These were, in Britain, years of social conflict and political activism in which the impact of new social forces, new forms of theoretical writing and new forms of social mobilization changed the conception of the place of the political, putting a new emphasis on "the politics of representation"––one of the key slogans of the time both in critical writing on photography and in the burgeoning broader field of cultural theory. This was a particular moment, then, in which to propose to begin “Thinking Photography.”

John Tagg does groundbreaking work in critical theory, visual culture and the history of photography through his investigations of the relationship between photography and power. He also writes and teaches extensively about the  social history of art, the history of art history, and contemporary art. John Tagg has taught widely at universities in Britain and the United States and directed programs in art history and critical theory for more than thirty years. He now teaches at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Graduate students from all departments may also attend a seminar following the lecture. The graduate seminar will be at Porter in HAVC 245, 4-6pm. 


Friday, Nov 1


DARC 230

Open to the public


Graduate Seminar:

Friday, Nov 1


HAVC 245

Graduate students only