Politics of the image. The culture of photographic experience | Summer school (Todor Todorov)

Politics of the image. The culture of photographic experience | Summer school (Todor Todorov)

Το Διεπιστημονικό Ινστιτούτο Περιβαλλοντικών και Κοινωνικών Ερευνών (TIESS) διοργανώνει ένα θερινό σεμινάριο με τίτλο

“Politics of the image. The culture of photographic experience”

Το σεμινάριο θα διεξαχθεί μεταξύ 2 και 10 Σεπτεμβρίου, καθημερινά 7-9μμ, εκτός Σαββατοκύριακου, στο χώρο του ινστιτούτου (Ι. Δραγούμη 24, Θεσσαλονίκη).
Θα είναι διαθέσιμο και διαδικτυακά, τόσο σε ζωντανή ροή, όσο και ασύγχρονα, μέσα από την πλατφόρμα της ιστοσελίδας του ινστιτούτου.

Στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο μπορείτε να δείτε την περίληψη του σεμιναρίου, το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα και τις θεματικές που θα αναπτυχθούν, μια σχετική βιβλιογραφία καθώς και ένα σύντομο βιογραφικό του εισηγητή. Το σεμινάριο θα διεξαχθεί στα αγγλικά και με την ολοκλήρωσή του θα διανεμηθούν πιστοποιητικά παρακολούθησης.

Εισηγητής: Todor Todorov 

(προθεσμία εγγραφής: 21.8.2020)

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Course Summary

The course regards photography as a series of practices, as different forms of experience rather than accepting a strict essentialist definition (art, medium, technology etc.). Thus, it follows various cultural, political, psychological, symbolical and other functions and uses of photography. Tracing its cultural history and the part photography plays in the complex media context the course focuses on the politics of the image and the reinvention of the self in the photographic experience. Other important topics of discussion are the relation between photography and truth, the mass consumption of images and its effects, the ethics of seeing (photography and journalism), digital media and post-photography. The various subjects refer to visual examples in the form of series of thematic photographies that will be object of debate during the talks at the course.


1. Wednesday, 2nd September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

An Introduction: The Politics of Images. Thinking the Photographic Experience (Defining Photography)

The Birth of Photography: Constructing Memory and Desire.

Photography and Truth. The Magical versus the Mechanical Eye.

2. Thursday, 3rd September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

A Different Ontology. Aura, Reality and the Photographic Experience. Death, Dreaming, Nostalgia.

The Optical Unconscious. Seeing for Seeing’s Sake. Time and Space in the Photographic Image.

3. Friday, 4th September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Technological Reproduction and Mass Consumption of Images. “The Image-choked World”.

Photography in the Age of Narcissism: The Photographic Mirror. Self-Invention, Avatar Identities and Strategies of Survival.

The World after Photography: „A Brothel without Walls”. The Transparent Society. Surveillance and Incrimination. Peeping, Stalking, Exposing. The End of Privacy.

4. Monday, 7th September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Proving Reality: Authenticity and Credibility of the Photographic Image.

The Ethics of Seeing. Photography, Media and Journalism. Banality and Transparency of the Image. Selective Interpretation.

5. Tuesday, 8th September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Discovering a Language of Frames: Grammar and Syntax of the Photographic Image.

The Photographic Paradox.

6. Wednesday, 9th September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

The Politics of Image I: Photography in Ideology, Propaganda and Advertising. Mythology of the Photographic Imagery.

The Politics of Image II: The Society of the Spectacle and the Autonomous Image.

7. Thursday, 10th September 7.00-9.00 p.m.

A Sociology of the Image: Photography as a Practice. A Middle-Brow Art Between the Vulgar and “High” Practices. The Reversed Aesthetics.

Digital Media and the End of Photography. The Post-photographic Era.

About the lecturer (short bio):

Todor Todorov is a Bulgarian philosopher and fiction writer. He is a doctor of philosophy and associate professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His main fields of study include: History of Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Media and Politics, Media Critique, Ideology and Contemporary Mechanisms of Control. He is currently a lecturer at the Philosophy Department, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Cultural Studies at Sofia University.

“Politics of the image” is his second summer school in TIESS (Thessaloniki). Last year (2019) Todor taught a course titled “Black mirror. Mythologies of the Future. Anthropotechnics, biopolitics, posthumanism”.

Course language: English

The course will also be available via our online platform (livestreaming and video on demand) and will be accessible until the end of September.

Fee: 120 euros

Subscription deadline: 21.8.2020

A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants at the end of the course