Events of the Max Planck Research Group "Empires of Memory" (in descending order)

Speaker: Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University) and David Low (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris)

Double lecture • Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University): “A Ghostly Red Line: the Hand of the State” and David Low (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris) “ ‘The Noise of Time’: The Spatial, Temporal and Semantic Migrations of Ottoman Armenian Photographs”

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
  • Date: Mar 19, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University) and David Low (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris)
  • Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and As-sociate Professor in the department of Anthropology at Rutgers University and a 2018 NOMIS Fellow at eikones Center for the Theory and History of the Image in Basel, Switzerland. She is the author of Image Brokers: Visualiz-ing World News in the Age of Digital Circulation (University of California Press, 2016), an ethnography of the international photojournalism industry during its digitalization at the beginning of the 21st century, based on fieldwork con-ducted in the United States, France and Turkey. Currently she is researching photography as a tool of governmental-ity in the late Ottoman period. Specifically, she is investi-gating photography during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit (1876-1909) from medical imagery to prison portraiture to understand emerging forms of the state and the changing contours of Ottoman subjecthood. David Low was awarded his PhD in 2015 by the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, for a thesis on the role of photography in Armenian lives in the late Ottoman Empire. He was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a visiting scholar at the AGBU Nubar Library, Paris, working on his book, Picturing the Ottoman Armenian World: Photography in Erzurum, Kharpert, Van and Beyond (I.B.Tauris, 2021).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
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