Iconic Humanitarian Photographs of the 1850s and Their Legacies will be held at Paterson Hall 436
Iconic Humanitarian Photographs of the 1850s and Their Legacies
On the occasion of her passage to Ottawa, Western U. PhD candidate Sonya De Laat will visit Carleton University to present, informally, her research in Humanitarian photography in Africa. The Canadian Network on Humanitarian History will host the small event, in PA436. She is a new member of the network, who works in collaboration with the wonderful UK group Global history of modern humanitarian action Let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would like to attend, so that we can keep a small count of the attendance ahead of time and send you preparatory documents.
Abstract: Taking a cultural history approach to the study of humanitarian visual culture, Sonya is interested in the role of visual representations in shaping humanitarian imagination and actions. In her research, the past becomes a lens through which a different light is shed on issues currently facing humanitarian actors. In this presentation, she reaches back to 1850s Europe to revisit some iconic humanitarian photographs, considering them in relation to recent research on perceptions of humanitarian action by those on the receiving end of aid. She proposes that legacies of representation practices established or re-enforced at that time continue to impact, sometimes with tragic consequences, humanitarian relations to this day.
The author: Sonya de Laat is a visual artist and PhD candidate in the Media Studies program at Western University in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. She is also research coordinator for the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group housed at McMaster University. Her writing and art can be found at www.humanitarianhealthethics.net/category/picturing-humanitarian-healthcare and www.sonyadelaat.weebly.com.