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Vortrag: "Visuality and the Andamans penal colony"

Im Oberseminar am Montag, den 02. Juli 2012 berichtet Prof. Dr. Clare Anderson über ihre Forschungen zu Fotografien der Andaman Islands Strafkolonie aus der Zeit von 1858-1950


Vortrag im Oberseminar:

Prof. Dr. Clare Anderson, University of Leicester:

Visuality and the Andamans penal colony

In this paper I will talk about my research on photographs of the Andaman Islands penal colony, 1858-1950. I will argue that photographs of the penal colony, when they are considered alongside associative texts and images, have the potential to deepen our understanding of the history of the Islands.

First, I will show that photographs and images of the Islands were used to represent them in the public domain as a site of orderliness, discipline and control.

Second, I will argue that if we consider Andaman photographs as material objects with meanings beyond image per se, we can ask a range of other questions around visual and commercial intent, distribution and consumption. In this respect, alongside its attempt to explore the visual meaning of Andamans photography, my paper seeks to engage with images as 'photograph-objects', considering them within the frame of what Elizabeth Edwards and Janice Hart have called their 'presentational forms', notably periodicals, postcards and albums.

In the third part of the paper I will focus especially on the third of these forms - photographic albums - to examine something of the intimate expressions of photographs held in family albums, as well as the coalescences and disjuncture between commercial and privately produced images of the Andamans.

Wann? Montag, 02.07.2012, 18-20 Uhr

Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstr. 67, Raum 123