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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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About A Place

When October 23-24, 2015
Where Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Keynote Speaker Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Honored Educator Linda Benedict-Jones

The deadline for registering online has passed. You may still register at the conference starting on Friday at 5pm and Saturday morning at 8am at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

"About a Place" addresses social, natural, political, psychological, and personal geographies, broadly. We invite members to submit work that explores the intersections of these and other ways of understanding the worlds in which we live, and through which we move.

Our understanding of what constitutes "place" is rapidly changing, influenced by current events that ask how localities transform (gentrification), what national borders mean (ISIS, Russia/Ukraine) and to whom the United States "belongs" (Occupy); by geologic transformations (climate change, resource extraction); by new technologies (social media, surveillance and "big data," virtual realities, and global positioning); and more.

What distinguishes a place? How can photographic practice articulate the relationships between experience and memory, or between history and landscape? How can photographic processes transform knowledge about place-based subjects? What are the stories that we tell about places, and why? We look forward to seeing responses that engage with these themes, using photography to both address and raise questions "About a Place."

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