New seminar for 11th March: The Visual Heritage of the Losing Side: Orphaned Souvenirs of the First World War

Please join us for another in our series of research seminars:

The Visual Heritage of the Losing Side: Orphaned Souvenirs of the First World War
Speaker: Prof Mike Robinson, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 11 March
1 – 2pm
Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace
All welcome

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Within the context of revived public interest in the First World War as part of the on-going centennial of the event there is much co-remembrance being performed in the collective realm. The memorials and cemeteries of the dead provide the material prompts and emotional signposts for commemoration. In addition there are countless personal objects – medals, letters etc. – that now help construct the narratives of the Great War Event. Drawing from a collection of vernacular photographs, this presentation examines images and objects from German soldiers and problematises them as dis-connected heritage of the First World War; objects with historical meaning but that exist outside of collective memory or at least a different conception of collective memory.

Short Biography – Professor Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson is Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham UK. He is also Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and Trustee of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and World Heritage Site. For the past 25 years Mike’s work has spanned the broad fields of heritage and tourism and he has published numerous books, articles and chapters on the various ways in which the realms of heritage and tourism collide. Recent books include Tourism and Emotion with David Picard (Ashgate), Encounters with Popular Pasts with Helaine Silverman (Springer) and World Heritage, Tourism and Identity (Ashgate). Mike has worked with UNESCO at national and international level relating to the agendas of World Heritage, tourism and sustainable development and cultural diversity. He is a former member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and regularly advises on policy issues. He was a Government appointed member of the UK’s Expert Panel to determine the UK’s Tentative List for World Heritage and part of the UNESCO Expert Panel to assist with the development of a Programme in World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism. He is a former Visiting Professor at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy and is Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois. Mike has undertaken work on heritage and tourism in over 30 countries.

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ICCHS researchers co-author a chapter for ‘The Versatile Image’

The Versatile ImageICCHS PhD researcher Bronwen Colquhoun and her supervisor, Dr. Areti Galani have contributed a chapter to a new book entitled ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet,’ published by Leuven University Press. The publication was officially launched earlier this month at the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a seminar that focused on the opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age. Organised by the North East Photography Network, the seminar included contributions from: visual storyteller and photography writer David Campbell; photographic historian, writer and curator Alexandra Moschovi; and a keynote talk from Netherlands-based photographic artist Willem Popelier.

Bronwen and Areti’s book chapter, ‘Flickr The Commons: Historic Photographic Collections through the Eyes of an Online Community of Interest’ is based on Bronwen’s PhD research that looks at how cultural institutions are placing photographic collections on the image-sharing website, Flickr The Commons, in order to engage with different communities of interest. The publication features a range of contributors including photographers, curators, artists and academics:

‘With the advent of digital technologies and the Internet, photography can, at last, fulfill its promise and forgotten potential as both a versatile medium and an adaptable creative practice. This multidisciplinary volume provides new insights into the shifting cultures affecting the production, collection, usage, and circulation of photographic images on interactive World Wide Web platforms.

International contributors from across the arts and humanities consider fundamental concepts that are associated with the practical applications of convergent technologies and media, focusing on the role of digital and mobile cultures and image-making in the everyday life of citizens and their experience of today’s ‘hypervisual’ digital universe, while exploring how contemporary artists creatively interact with such new photographic contexts. Accompanied by a specially commissioned photo-essay, the volume is an important new resource for photographers, artists, and curators as well as academics.’

(Leuven University Press, 2014)