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Cold War Visual Legacies - A public roundtable and symposium on photography and the Cold War

25 May 2023 - Public Roundtable, 5 pm - 7 pm CEST - at SPUI25

26 May 2023 - Symposium, 9:30 am - 5:15 pm CEST - at SPUI25


Cold War Visual Legacies brings together critics, students, photographers, photojournalists, and curators working across the humanities and social sciences, to explore the manifold and diffuse ways that photography shapes visual culture in the afterlife of the global Cold War, particularly as they compel examination of the ongoing impact of imperialism and militarization.

For detailed information please view the program here.

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Venue: SPUI25 - Spui 25, 1012 XA Amsterdam Amsterdam


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Three Minutes - A Lengthening film screening and discussion

1 May 2023, 8pm CEST - at De Balie


In a found holiday film from 1938, the Jewish inhabitants of a small Polish village crowd in front of the camera. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour.


Following the screening, moderator Veronica Baas will speak with Bianca Stigter, the director of Three Minutes - A Lengthening, and Kees Ribbens, senior researcher at the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD).

Venue: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 Amsterdam

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Photography – Apartheid – Erasure

28 April 2023, 1pm - 5 pm EDT - at Rutgers University


As part of the workshop "Photographs that Unmake Citizens" organized by Developing Room, Kylie Thomas will give a talk that will focus on a series of photographs taken by members of the South African Police force during apartheid that were used as part of inquest proceedings to affirm the innocence of police officers accused of torturing and murdering activists held in detention.

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Detail from a photograph of Matthews Mabelane (1954-1977)

Photography and Resistance:

The Developing Room's 7th Graduate Student Colloquium

27 April 2023, 12:30 - 5:30 pm EDT / 6:30 - 11:30 pm CEST


Kylie Thomas will be the respondent at the seventh graduate student colloquium organized by the Developing Room, a working group at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. The event is for Ph.D. students from any field of study who are working on dissertation topics in which photography—its histories and theories—plays a central role.

The colloquium will be held in person and online.

Venue: Academic Building (West Wing) 6051 - 15 Seminary Place, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ USA)

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NIOD ImageLab History's Darkroom Discussion Series:

The Darkroom of the Heukels Brothers: Photographers and

National-Socialists - A discussion with Machline Vlasblom

20 December 2022, 3pm CET - at NIOD

The NIOD ImageLab invites you to join us for the next talk in our "History's Darkroom" discussion series. Machlien Vlasblom will speak about her book, ‘Wij waren supermannen’  Jan en Herman Heukels – broers, fotografen, nationaalsocialisten (Uitgeverij Boom - Amsterdam 2022).


The discussion will centre on photographs held in the Beeldbank WO2/ WWII ImageBank, including the infamous series Herman Heukels made of Jewish people at deportation sites in Amsterdam, during the huge round-up of June 20th 1943. On the same day other images made by Heukels were on display at the newly-opened recruitment office for the Waffen-SS at the Dam in Amsterdam.  


Machlien Vlasblom is an independent historian. After completing a master's degree in Holocaust- and Genocide Studies, she worked at the Anne Frank House, among other places. In recent years she has focused on World War II heritage.

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Mobile Memories Conference

10-11 November 2022, 10am CET

Annual Conference of the International Research Project »Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology«. Organised by Dipanwita Donde, Anita Hosseini, Sanja Savkić Šebek, Gerhard Wolf and Ning Yao.

"Mobile Memories" seeks to investigate objects and carriers, matter and media of memories in a transcultural perspective. Memories travel between locations, cultures, generations, groups, and migrate with people and objects. The processes of transmission or displacement of memories also mean their transformation according to social, political, personal or other dynamics. At the same time, memories are often addressed as ‘tradition’, as relatively stable points of reference in the self-definitions or identity constructions of groups or societies (bound to particular places and sites). Collective memory, which includes memory practices or agents, such as archives, museums and rituals, may be confronted with memory as the individual faculty to process, store and retrieve information. Under these premises, the interplay of memory, motion, aesthetics and transcultural dynamics is an important field for the investigation of concepts such as ‘heritage’ and ‘provenance’ or of constellations of translocated artifacts and global memory spaces.

Venue: Berlin - Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal

Conference program

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Mariana Castillo Deball, Uncomfortable Objects (detail), 2012, © the artist and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012, photo Rosa Maria Rahling

NIOD ImageLab History's Darkroom Discussion Series:

Dutch soldier-photography during the Indonesian National Revolution (1945–50) in context: Rethinking histories of colonialism and military violence - A discussion with Susie Protschky

1 September 2022, 10am CEST

Please join the NIOD ImageLab and the Research Centre for Material Culture (RCMC) for a talk with historian Susie Protschky, in which she will map out a plan for placing the many thousands of photographs taken by Dutch soldiers during their deployment to Indonesia between 1945 and 1950 within a longer historical context of military photography and colonial violence. This discussion is the second in the History's Darkroom Discussion Series organized by NIOD ImageLab and is co-hosted by the RCMC.


Susie Protschky is Associate Professor in History at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) and an Australia Research Council Future Fellow (2021–5) for the project ‘Decolonisation and photography in Southeast Asia: Histories and legacies’. She is the author of the prize-winning book Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (Manchester University Press, 2019), as well as Images of the Tropics: Environment and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (2011), and editor of Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-Colonial Indonesia (2015) and (with Tom van den Berge), Modern Times in Southeast Asia, c. 1920s–1970s (2018).

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Feminism, Photography and Resistance Online Research Symposium

28 April 2022, 4pm - 8:30pm CEST

Please join us for an online research symposium on photography and resistance through a feminist lens. Speakers include:

⎼ Anna Rocca in conversation with Dora Carpenter-Latiri about her exhibition, Tunisian Women of the Book
⎼ Julia Winckler on the work of Marilyn Stafford
⎼ Gabriella McGrogan on resistance to the war on drugs in the Phillipines
⎼ Taous Dahmani on the visual culture of the 1976 Grunwick dispute in the UK
⎼ Tessa Lewin in conversation with South African photographer Dean Hutton
⎼ Heather Diack on the work of Civil Rights photographer Doris Derby
⎼ Rosario Montero on documentary photography in Chile
⎼ Tara Pixley speaking about her film, Rebel Vision, on the work of Black female and non binary photographers associated with Authority Collective

All are welcome!

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NIOD ImageLab History's Darkroom Discussion Series:

Stop Tanks With Books - A discussion with Mark Neville

14 April 2022, 4pm CEST

Please join the NIOD ImageLab for a discussion with photographer Mark Neville about his book, 'Stop Tanks With Books'. This discussion is the first in the History's Darkroom Discussion Series organized by NIOD ImageLab.  

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Feminism, Photography and Resistance Discussion Series

March-April 2022

A series of online talks held in association with Four Corners in the UK

10 MarchAgainst the Tide and Us For All Women

A conversation with Rose Comiskey, Camila Cavalcante and Orla Fitzpatrick about photography, protest and reproductive rights in Ireland and Brazil 

24 MarchEssential Work

Heather Diack in conversation with Civil Rights photographer, educator, artist, and activist Dr. Doris Derby

31 March - ‘I Cannot Be Sure That I Will Not Be Erased or Voided’

Aga Skrodzka in Conversation with Katarzyna Kozyra

21 April - Organising, Protesting and Taking Pictures

An in-conversation with Taous Dahmani, Maggie Murray & Joanne O’Brien about the Format women's photography agency, 1983-2002.

Crying for Justice Livestream public discussion

28 March 2022

Haroon Gunn-Salie in partnership with the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ) presents a public discussion about Crying for justice, a site-specific installation by Gunn-Salie presented on the unmarked site near the historic gallows at the Castle of Good Hope in Central Cape Town. Speakers include Mary Burton, Howard Varney, Yasmin Sooka, Kylie Thomas, Shirley Gunn and Haroon Gunn-Salie.

Livestream at 18.00 SAST:

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Strike a Rock film screening and discussion

21 March 2022

Nomusa Makhubu, Patience Mususa and Helene Strauss speak with Ksenia Robbe and Kylie Thomas about the enduring effects of the first massacre to take place in South Africa after the end of apartheid.

Book presentation by Machlien Vlasblom

10 March 2022

Book presentation ‘Wij waren supermannen’  – Jan en Herman Heukels, broers, fotografen, nationaalsocialisten by Machlien Vlasblom. NIOD ImageLab researcher Kees Ribbens will give a short talk about ‘begrenzingen van de verbeelding’ (in Dutch).

Location and time: Boekhandel Waanders in de Broeren, Achter de Broeren 1-3,8011 VA Zwolle, 6.45PM. More info: Waanders in de Broeren | Presentatie Machlien Vlasblom

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