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Material + Meaning

When October 04-07, 2018
Where Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Keynote Speaker Alfredo Jaar
Featured Speakers Alexandra Bell

Registration through the SPE Website is now closed. On-site registration will be available at the Registration table at the conference.


October 4th – October 6th, 2018

HOSTED BY: Louisiana State University
Conference Committee: Johanna Warwick (LSU), Kristine Thompson (LSU), Jeremiah Ariaz (LSU), Lily Brooks (Southeastern Louisiana University), Jonathan Traviesa (Tulane University), and Deb Lillie (Nicholls State University)

Material + Meaning brings together shared thematic concerns at the forefront of contemporary photographic practices. The widespread exploration of the aesthetic and physical possibilities of photography points toward a renewed understanding of the photograph as material object. We are interested in putting these investigations of the tactile and tangible in conversation withthe harder-to-pin- down social and political concerns of our time. What can photography help us understand about power, truth, transparency, and reliability? We look to artists who synthesize materiality and meaning to act as stewards of interpretation and representation---framing and shaping visual culture and politics. We hope this conference will provide a platform for us to connect and reflect on these themes within our region and beyond.


Early registration ends Sept 10, and closes October 1. On-site registration will be available.  Refunds must be requested by Sept 20, more detials in the Registration tab.

Regular Member-                                  $75l

Student Member-                                  $30

Contingent/ Part-time Member-            $55

Senior Member-                                    $40

Non-Member-                                       $110

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