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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

When March 01-04, 2018
Where Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ours is a time where borders and division continue to challenge our very understanding of humanity. The opportunity to share on an international level is as close as the screens we hold in our hands, and yet, in a time of prolific imagemaking many lens-driven stories remain unseen. For every picture story brought to light, too many struggle for exposure. The power of images to ignite the rally cry for change are the same images that encourage empathy and stewardship, and these images come from every aspect of the photographic world—documentarians, conceptual artists, and citizens with their mobile devices. SPE’s 55th Annual Conference, Uncertain Times, will address questions of globalization, migration, territory, refuge, community, identity, nationalism, and internationalism, and will evaluate the contribution of photographic practices seeking to humanize and reveal these topics. The conference will focus on the ways in which photographic media are implicated in demonstrating both moments of crisis as well as moments of resolve. This is a call to convene critical producers, thinkers, and thoughtful spectators of photography to unpack the meanings of the layered dimensions of the human story in the 21st century.


Call For Proposals
SPE welcomes proposals from photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, and professionals from other fields. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include, but are not limited to, imagemaking, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches, new technologies, effects of media and culture, educational issues, funding, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance, and installation. For more details click here

Announcements & Deadlines

Call for Nominations - 2018 SPE Honored Educator Award

SPE seeks nominations for the 2018 Honored Educator Award to be given at the 55th SPE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA - Deadline - July 1, 2017

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Call for Nominations - 2018 SPE Insight Award

The Society for Photographic Education offers the SPE Insight Award to recognize achievements of significant distinction made by individuals to the photographic education field. - Deadline - July 1, 2017

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2018 SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging

Awards are given annually to ten SPE student members to offset the cost of attending SPE's annual conference based on merits of submitted portfolios.

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