CCISC Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture:Dr Olga Shevchenko

CCISC Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture by Dr Olga Shevchenko (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Williams Collage, USA)

Title: Empire in the album: Soviet vernacular photography and the construction of Soviet space

Date and Time: 17 December 2015, 16.00

Venue: Room MB373, LSS Aston University

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Empire in the album: Soviet vernacular photography and the construction of Soviet spaces

Can we think of “empire” not as a macro sociological and political structure, but as something that lives on in everyday micro-practices, such as amateur photography? A guided excursion through Soviet family albums suggests this much. Travel photographs (ranging from formal group photographs of organized travel to amateur snapshots of the “wild nature”) are of particular interest here, because they can translate into everyday terms and naturalize such profoundly ideological constructs as empire, nation and citizenship. In this talk, we will see how such translation took place in the USSR, and explore the responses that Soviet-era travel snapshots evoke today.

For further information please contact Dr. Anton Popov at a.popov@aston.ac.uk

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