Charles University in Prague / KREAS Project
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague/ Faculty of Film and Television
and European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology
would like to invite all those who are interested in Asian photography to participate in the conference Photography in Asia 1839-1939.
The conference will run online from September 30 to October 2, 2021, always from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Prague time. Just for listening, you can watch all lectures on youtube through our website. If you want to take part in discussions, please register at:
asiaphoto21gmail.com (no later than September 28).
For detailed information, see our website https://asiaphotoprague.com.
Thursday, 30 September 2021
13:45 Registration - Welcome - Introduction
14:00–14:50 Keynote speech I
Trading Places: Business and the Materials of Meiji Photography
15:00–17:30 Panel I: Archetypes – Stereotypes – Genres – Variability – Identity
Chair: Burglind Jungmann
Street Cries in China from British Photographers’ Lens: Inheritance and Evolution
Photography and the Changing ‘Image’ of Japan in the Early Illustrated Press
The Vision of Modern Visual Technologies and the Image of Femininity in Meiji Japan
Felice Beato and the Carte-de-visite Photograph in Japan, 1863-1868
Towards the Future: Between Photographs and Prints in Meiji Era Japan
17:45–18:30 Keynote speech II
…When writing a travelogue, I only record my general impressions, and most of all I buy photographs…. The Creation of the First Photographic Collections from Asia in 19th-Century Central Europe.
Friday, 1 October 2021
14:00–14:50 Keynote speech III
Chosŏn Entering the International Arena: Three Witnesses
15:00–17:00 Panel II: Photographic Collections–Curators, Collectors, Travellers and their Admirers
Chair: Filip Suchomel
“Da una fotografia”. Picturing Japan in the Official Account of the First Italian Diplomatic Mission to Japan and China (1875).
Rebeca Gómez Morilla
Ambiguous Encounters and Colonial Imaginations – A Swiss Diplomat between Japanese Imperialism, Korean Independence and Swiss Economic Interests
In the land where only the abstract qualities are permanent – Photographic Collection of Bedřich Feuerstein
The Noblot Collection, French Indochina 1927–1937. A Private Contribution to Colonial Iconography
17:15–18:45 Panel III: Uniqueness – Visuality – Transformation
Chair: Luke Gartlan
Hazy Moon, Eclipsed Sun: Between Art and Science. The Aesthetics of Astronomical Photography and Celestial Painting in Meiji Japan
Giulia Pra Floriani
Crafting China through Photographs. Francis E. Stafford’s Vision of the Commercial Press and the 1911 Revolution
Stillness and Time: “Shanghai of Today”
Saturday, 2 October 2021
14:00–14:45 Keynote Speech IV
Photography and the Taiping Rebellion
15:00–17:30 Panel IV: New Views - Unknown vs. Famous in Asian Photography
Chair: Terry Bennett
The Photographic Image in China: More than One Life, More than One History
Ornamental Streets and Ambivalent Subjects: Historiographical Reflections on Photographs and Artworks between East Asian and European Archives
The Syasin Makie of Mizuno Hanbeh: Unique Reproductions or Something Else?
Ekaterina B. Tolmacheva and Polina Rud
...Sometimes I get tired, but I think the cause of tiredness is my years — my 55 years are already over – The Far East Through the Eyes of Agnia Diness
Traveling Photographic Collections: The Case of Juan Mencarini
17:30–18:00 Closing Remarks
CONF: Photography in Asia 1839-1939 (online, 30 Sep-2 Oct 21). In: ArtHist.net, Sep 21, 2021 (accessed Oct 18, 2021), <https://arthist.net/archive/34864>.