After Post-Photography 6+ – Call for papers by M.A. and PhD candidates of Photography Studies

Cultivation trial with and without lime phosphate fertilizer. Photo Meroth (Vienna). Austria 1935 (Archive Tietjen)

Due to commonly known reasons, the annual After Post-Photography conference on visual studies, history and theory of photography will have to happen online and not at the European University in St. Petersburg. We very much regret not meeting colleagues and friends, listening what they have to say about their newest research and trade ideas, stories and gossip during the coffee breaks. Yet we’ll use the opportunity to add a third day to the conference for M.A. and PhD candidates to pitch their projects and get substantial feedback from the participants of the conference and the APP community.

This Call for Papers has no specific subject – we’re open to, and interested in, M.A. and PhD projects from all walks of research, including, but not limited to, the photo-journalist as an avatar in video games, post-indexical photography, the history of gum bichromate as one of the most versatile emulsions in the late 19th century, Jeff Wall’s lightboxes as apparitions, the use of photographic aesthetics in visualizing black holes in radio-astronomy, the application of photolithography in the semi-conductor industry, queer photographers in Latin America, the accessibility of tintype portraits to members of the lower strata of society of the US in the 1880s, the under-the-counter trade in pornographic photography in the countries of the former eastern bloc before 1989, the interlacing of photography and music in Jazz, private photography in Mongolia before 1990, social media photography in sub-saharan Africa, the changing perceptions of time through ultra-highspeed photography, sceptic re-readings of Roland Barthes’ vitriolic critique of “Family of Man” or similar, or completely different topics.

Please submit your proposal of no more than 1600 characters in English no later than March 28 at As we will blind review the submissions, make sure that your name does not appear in the proposal itself. If your work aims at analyzing visual material we also welcome links where we can see what you intend talking about. If you have any questions, please send an eMail to – we should get back to you within a few days. And should you like to know more about previous conferences, have a look at our website