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

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Affiliated Chapter Leadership


Chair Susan Morelock
Vice Chair/Secretary Elena Volkova
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton
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Chair Rob Dickes
Vice Chair/Secretary Heather Stratton
Treasurer Joseph Mougel
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Chair Jodie Goodnough
Vice Chair/Secretary Deanna Witman
Treasurer Janet Pritchard
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Chair J. Jason Lazarus
Vice Chair/Secretary Rani Robison
Treasurer Jennie Castle
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Chair Diane Durant
Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Drolen
Treasurer Kristy Peet
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Chair Zane Logan
Vice Chair/Secretary Josh White
Treasurer Emily Gomez
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Chair Emma Powell
Vice Chair/Secretary Esther Nooner
Treasurer Daniel George
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Chair Nick Shepard
Vice Chair/Secretary Lamia Khorshid
Treasurer Jordan Jurich-Weston
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Upcoming Chapter Events

2020 SPE Virtual Chapter Conferences

- Online, Event   |   September 26 - November 07, 2020

Maintaining the health and safety of every member of the SPE community is of the utmost importance to us. Amid the challenging times from the COVID-19 pandemic, and after having extensive discussions with our community, all SPE Chapters have decided to cancel their in-person conferences and will be going virtual. Though we won't get to see you in person this year, our teams are committed to keeping the community connected by creating new ways to facilitate learning and networking.  Starting September 26 through November 7, these virtual conferences will feature an engaging mix of live-streamed education, creative community connection opportunities, studio visits, and fun social sessions. We appreciate your ongoing support to SPE as we navigate through the unknown. While we are disappointed we won't celebrate in person, we are excited about the opportunity for us all to connect virtually this fall!   September 26Northwest – Looking Inward: Reflecting on 2020View schedule here October 2-3Midwest – Resolution(s) Photographic Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy for the Future View schedule here October 10 Southwest/West – Virtual Background October 17 Mid-Atlantic/Southeast – Contact Print: Learning Imaging in the Era of Zoom October 22-25South Central – To Be Continued… November 7Northeast – Making (It) Work: Anywhere you are The ongoing support of SPE's industry partners allows us to meet this moment and help organize compelling programs like this. Click here for information on how to become a sponsor.

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Photographic Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy for the Future

- Virtual, Conference   |   October 01 - 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 SPE Chapter is proud to present the following speakers as part of the Fall Virtual Conference:  Thursday, October 1st 6:00PM CT Women's Environmental Workshare Collective - Round Table  Dana Fritz, Margaret LeJeune, Judy Natal, Marion Belanger, Martina Shenal, Terri Warpinski Friday, October 2nd 3PM CT When Art Requires Activism - Imagemaker Presentation Morgan Barrie Friday, October 2nd 4PM CT Meddling with Space: Four Narratives - Dialogic Panel Stefan Petranek, Amanda Musick, Hugo Teixeira, Jacinda Russell Friday, October 2nd 5:30PM CT Keynote Address with Brent Lewis Photo Editor, The New York Times and Co-Founder, Diversity Photo Saturday, October 3rd 10AM CT Student Portfolio Reviews 15 minute student portfolio reviews (sign-up and scheduling TBA) Saturday, October 3rd 11:30AM CT Midwest SPE Members Meeting  Chair: Robert Dickes, Vice-Chair: Heather Stratton, Treasurer: Joseph Mougel Saturday, October 3rd 1PM CT Student Imagemaker Presentations - Dialogic Brian Garbrecht, Lily Guillen, Martin Krafft Saturday, October 3rd 2PM CT Innovative Teaching Panel - Teaching and Learning Shreepad Joglekar, Elise Kirk Saturday, October 3rd 3:15PM CT Worlds That Don't Require Escape: Archive and Image as Transportation Ricky Weaver, Avery Williamson Saturday, October 3rd 4:30PM CT New Paths - Imagemaker Kalee Appleton Saturday, October 3rd 5PM CT Closing Conversation All are welcome to attend this open session for discussion, networking, and idea sharing Register:

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SPE Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference

Contact Print: Learning Imaging in the Era of Zoom

- virtual event, virtual event   |   October 10 - October 10, 2020

SPE Mid-Atlantic invites photography and video educators and industry professionals to propose an online Masterclass, Workshop or Learning Seminar to be held synchronously on Saturday October 10 (but proposals may include asynchronous material delivered before and/or after). Synchronous content can be flexible - and depending on the material, could be as simple Q/A covering distributed materials. Synchronous sessions should be between 45-75 minutes in length. Accepted proposals will guide participants in learning a new skill or an activity, or share valuable pedagogical approaches that yield opportunities for positive momentum in the classroom or studio. It is SPEMA's primary goal to promote and support participatory experiences over a lecture-style online event. Submissions will be accepted from current SPE members (regardless of Chapter affiliation) as well as non-SPE members. Non-members whose proposals are accepted will have 10 days to join SPE in order to be added to the conference schedule. Membership information is available at To submit, combine the following into a single PDF proposal and email to no later than September 1 @ 11:59 PM EST. There is no fee to submit a proposal. Title of Session Abstract/Session Summary (300 words or less) 5-10 Images (if applicable) CV Honorariums of $150 will be awarded to selected proposals.

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Film Festival

- Virtual , Conference   |   October 10 - October 10, 2020

This fall all SPE chapter conferences will be held online. The West and Southwest chapters are working together to organize a digital film festival as part of our virtual conference. 

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2020 Southeast Conference

- Online, Online   |   October 17 - October 17, 2020

The SPESE Chapter is seeking proposals for the October 17th, 2020 online chapter conference. The Southeast Chapter welcomes proposals from photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians and professionals from any field. This year's conference will focus on intersectionality in the South, including but not limited to issues of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and photography's history of upholding problematic stereotypes and Southern identity. The conference will highlight artists whose work examines issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the American South. Proposed presentations may include but are not limited to individual image-makers, panel discussions, lectures, short workshops, and demonstrations that can be delivered online during our live conference weekend. We also welcome regional graduate program presentations and student presentations. Presentations are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes. To submit a proposal, complete the Google form by September, 25th 2020:   Each proposal must include:• Name(s) of presenter(s) or panelists• Presenter or lead presenter contact information including email address and phone number• A biography of each presenter (150 words maximum)• Title of Presentation• A brief description of the proposed lecture, panel, workshop, demonstration, or presentation. (250 words maximum)• 5 images if applicable for proposal (jpeg 1000px longest dimension). Please name images lastname_firstname_01.jpg, etc. If you have questions please contact Zane Logan at We look forward to reviewing your application and remember the application deadline is Friday, September 25.

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To Be Continued...

- Virtual, Conference   |   October 22 - October 25, 2020

To Be Continued…  Photography has a complicated history. In its infancy, the medium was used as a tool to support imperialistic imaginations and desires. Yet, the medium has also been subversive in time. Through photographs, we can precisely locate those sinister slippages when photography has been used to oppress or harm and to name them for what they are. Photography remains ambivalent: it can cause harm or it can incite a revolution. The 2020 SPE South Central Chapter conference comes at a moment when current events remind us of the value of critical self-examination. We have been prompted to search for correctives, and we have a responsibility to acknowledge how the photographic medium is implicated in inciting, memorializing, and perpetuating patriarchal and white supremacist ideologies and practices. To Be Continued… was chosen as a theme to acknowledge this gathering as a chance to speak openly about institutional failures, reparation, and reconciliation. To wield a camera is akin to wielding privilege; both acts command power. Such agency has been historically reserved for and credited to white practitioners. This year's programming is dedicated to de-centering the historically dominant voices of our field and our professional organization. The planning committee seeks to amplify the voices and professional practices of our region's Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members.  Our work towards equity must push far past empty statements of solidarity and social media trends. To Be Continued… aims to facilitate a public conversation concerning the inherently political nature of art-making and art education and the marginalization and oppression of individuals in pursuit of those endeavors. We can sit on our hands and imagine a truly just world, but continued action is our only way of getting there.   CALL FOR PROPOSALS - due Friday, August 21, 2020  The Society for Photographic Education - South Central Chapter calls for proposals for the 2020 chapter conference, which will be held virtually on Oct. 22-25.  To Be Continued…  is a call for artists, students, and educators to participate in this vital conversation. Proposals are sought from artists, artist/activists, educators, and historians whose work is directly related to the theme. Priority will be given to presenters with regional ties. Proposals may include:  individual artist lectures panel discussions presentations on pedagogy and teaching workshops art historical perspectives  Proposals that emphasize dialogue and engagement with participants are desirable.  Proposals should include a title and 200-word abstract that includes a brief description of the topic and structure of the presentation. Artist lecture proposals should include 5 representative images and a link to the artist's website.  In addition to formal presentations, a new element of this year's conference will be a number of participatory dialogues, for informal and open discussion of questions posed by SPE members. Questions and facilitators will be solicited through the registration process.  To submit a proposal, complete the Google form:  _SPE membership is required to present, but there are a limited number of scholarships for presenters who are not current members of SPE. _If you have questions or want to be more involved in the planning process, please email _Conference Chairs: Amanda Breitbach, Rebecca Drolen, Alec Kaus & Rana Young_Conference Committee Members: Michael Darough, Diane Durant, Rebecca Hopp, Chris Ireland, Cynthia Miller, Heather Wetzel Photograph copyright Zora Murff, 2020

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