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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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- Online, Event   |   September 26 - November 14, 2020


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Looking Inward: Reflecting on 2020

- Online Event, All Are Welcome!   |   September 26 - September 26, 2020

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, our traditional in-person fall chapter conference has been postponed until 2021. That said, with times like these, there are an abundance of conversations to be had about the state of the world and "The New Now", and so we're encouraging submissions from photographers, educators, artists, and students to broadly interpret this concept for a virtual conference to be held September 26th, 2020 entitled "Looking Inward: Reflections on 2020". In the last two months, what "The New Now" refers to has dramatically changed. No longer is the Covid-19 Pandemic the only aspect that is working to reshape and redefine our lives. These are tumultuous times that we live in, and we would be remiss not to rise to the call and encourage a dialogue through sharing your efforts in addressing these concerns both in and out of the classroom and with your creative work. May and June have been redefined because of the ongoing struggles behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We're reassessing our histories, considering our privilege, and educating ourselves in new ways. Confederate statues are toppling and calls to Defund the Police have us reconsidering the responsibilities we give our law enforcement. The recent Supreme Court decisions and Executive Orders have LGBTQ+ rights in a constant state of flux. Beyond all of this, the rift between fellow Americans continues to widen, as politics, policies, individual beliefs and world views pit us against friends, family and loved ones. How has 2020 changed you, your work in the classroom, the way you teach, or your creative output? How do we create connection while teaching online, and how can we create more inclusion in the classroom in terms of race, identity, and mental health? We warmly accept submissions from professionals that are not SPE members as well as people living outside of our region. Thank you for your interest and do not hesitate to contact our Conference Chair through email (provided below) or via SPE-NW's Facebook and Instagram pages. We encourage submissions in the following categories: Workshop / Hands-on Training (1 hour) Image-maker Presentations (30 minute) Teaching methodology & research (30 minute) Panel discussion (1 hour) Lightning round artist presentation - for single bodies of work (15 minutes) Deadline and Submission Guidelines Proposal submissions are due by July 15th at 11:59pm, AKST. Please submit your proposals via an email to . Please have the following prepared prior to submitting: Proposed presentation style, title of presentation, and name(s) of presenters Equipment needs for your presentation (power, projector, darkroom, studio space, computer lab, etc) Biography of each presenter,

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Place: Meaning and Reflection

Anderson Ranch - Snowmass Village,, CO   |   October 02 - October 04, 2020


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Photographic Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy for the Future

- Virtual, Conference   |   October 02 - October 03, 2020

Over the past several months, we have watched the world shift in dramatic and significant ways -  the call to action resonating louder than ever.  What role does the image-maker and photographic educator play in shaping the new normal?  How do we as photographic artists make work during an era of social injustice, global health insecurities, and political discord? Our resolve and determination as artists and educators are being put to the test like never before. The Midwest Conference Planning Committee encourages submissions for sessions that address the theme Resolutions including, but not limited to, projects that gesture towards the survival of our society and environment, discussions regarding how we depict and interact with power and privilege, critical conversations about responsible picture making, and innovative approaches to online education, future technologies and methodologies.  Submissions will be accepted from current SPE members (regardless of Chapter affiliation) as well as non-SPE members. $2000 in honorariums will be distributed among the best proposals from the Midwest membership.  Non-members who have proposals accepted will have 10 days to join SPE in order to be added to the conference schedule. Membership information is available at In an effort to amplify a diversity of voices, the review committee will be prioritizing proposals from those who have not presented a session at the Midwest or National conferences in the last 2 years.   All conference sessions will take place online, with both synchronous and asynchronous components.  Presenters will be asked to provide the conference planning committee with a pre-recorded presentation in addition to being available for a live Q and A session on the conference date.  Please include the following in your proposal:  Abstract/Session Summary (350 words or less) 5-10 Sample Images  or up to 5 minutes of video (please provide link to Vimeo or YouTube) Abbreviated CV (3 pages max.) Identify a format for your session: image-maker (single session or dialogic), panel discussion, workshop/demonstration, teaching and learning lecture, or student dialogic.  The committee is also open to proposals of new types of session formats.  If you wish to propose a new format, please outline your idea in 100 words of less.  Please combine all of these files into a single PDF document (no larger than 5mg) and email to by Friday, July 17th.  Conference Planning Committee: Margaret LeJeune, Jason Reblando, John Steck, Jr., Millee Tibbs

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