Elspeth Brown,

Historian: markets, visual culture, gender, sexuality

Toronto Photography Seminar

As a group, we research themes in common and publish scholarship individually and as a group. We have collaborated on a guest issue on “circulation” for the History of Photography journal (guest editors, Thy Phu and Matthew Brower, summer 2008), and on a guest issue on “Affecting Photographies” for Photography and Culture (guest editors, Thy Phu and Linda Steer, October 2010). We produced an international conference entitled "Feeling Photography" in 2009 (forthcoming as a book from Duke University Press, with Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu, eds.) Our work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (International Opportunities Fund; Aid to Conferences and Workshops; and most recently, Partnership Development Grant, 2011-2014) and York University (faculty development grant). Our group also workshops the papers of colleagues from other universities, who also present a second aspect of their work in a public forum. For more information on the Photography Seminar, please visit our new website!

2012-2013 Guests, Events, and Seminars.


Jennifer Evans, Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of History, Carleton University

Professor Evans teaches a variety of courses in 20th century German history with a primary interest in the history of sexuality. Her book, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) explores the rebirth of the city’s various subcultures in the aftermath of World War II. She also writes about same-sex sexuality in Nazi and post-1945 Germany and am finishing a manuscript on pink triangle victims after Hitler. Her next two research projects are contemporary in focus. “Hate 2.0: Combating Right-Wing Extremism in the Age of Social Technology” is a collaborative project supported by SSHRC that analyzes the role and potential of digital media in countering online hate. She is also exploring the way 1970s and 1980s queer erotic photography acted both as a practice of self-actualization and a claim to sexual freedom in the pre- AIDS era.

For more about Professor Evans, click here.


The Photographic Situation Project Works-in-progress workshopSept. 20-23, 2012, with working papers by Elspeth Brown, David Campbell, Stephen Mayes, Gabrielle Moser, Andrea Noble, Thy Phu, Sharon Sliwinski, Shawn Michelle Smith, John Tagg, Dot Tuer, Edward Welch, Kelly Wood, Carol Zemel and Andres Zervigon, and responses by Sarah Bassnett, Matthew Brower, Ann Cvetkovich, Deepali Dewan, Sarah Parsons, Mark Reinhardt and Linda Steer. University of Toronto.

Public Talk: Thursday Nov. 8, 2-4 pm: Jennifer Evans, “Queering the Gays/Gaze: sex, street, and subculture in 1970s queer erotic photography,” 208N Munk School, University of Toronto.

Toronto Photography Seminar Schedule

Sept. 20-23, 2012      

The Photographic Situation Project meets in Toronto.

Oct.  19, 2012 4-8 pm 

Chaudhary, Zahid R. Afterimage of Empire: Photography in 19th c India. University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Facilitated by Deepali Dewan.

Nov. 9, 2012, 4-8pm            

Guest: Jennifer Evans (Carleton University), working paper.

Nov. 30, 2012, 4-8 pm

Campt, Tina M. Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe. Durham, NC: Duke University, 2012. Facilitated by Sharon Sliwinski.

Dec. 7, 2012, 10 am-1 pm      

Documentary Photography Today,” a one-day symposium organized by colleagues at The Developing Room featuring speakers Nina Berman, Mary Panzer, and Sharon Sliwinski, with comments by Diane Neumaier.

Jan. 9-12, 2013

All members will meet at Durham University for “Doing Photography,” a conference organized and hosted by the Durham Center for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS). See the call for papers.

Feb. 8th, 2013, 4-8 pm      

Raiford, Leigh. Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Facilitated by Thy Phu.

March 8th, 2013, 4-8 pm        

Edwards, Elizabeth. The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885-1918. Durhamn, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. Facilitated by Dot Tuer.

April 12, 2013, 4-8 pm                       

Discussion of themes and projects for 2013-14.

June 6-7: Annual retreat

For more information, please contact info@torontophotographyseminar.org