S3 E4: Photography and History

17 Feb 2022
S3 E4: Photography and History

Welcome to the fourth episode of Season Three of The Empty Chair Podcast: A Transatlantic Conversation.

Our chair is Patricia Hayes, NRF SARChI Chair in Visual History & Theory at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. Our guests are John Edwin Mason, who teaches African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, and Stefanie Jason, a South African researcher, writer and curator who is currently an Art History PhD student at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Their conversation refers to South African photographer Mabel Cetu, late 19th- and early 20th-century portraits of Black Virginians in the US, Black women and visual culture, studio portraits, public and private archives, absences and silences, historiography, Gordon Parks, and imagination.

In this episode we stand in solidarity with news editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent. He is imprisoned in Turkey and you can read more about his case here https://pen-international.org/news/turkey-global-appeal-marks-2000-days-in-prison-for-nedim-turfent

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