[PAST EVENT] Stabilizing Portraits: Arab Photography in the Ottoman Era

March 26, 2015
3:30pm - 5pm
Washington Hall, Room 315
241 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
This presentation by Arabic Studies scholar Stephen Sheehi argues that indigenously produced photography of turn of the century Arab world operated conterminously on "manifest" and "latent" levels; on a level that interpellates subjects and interpolates them into a "modern" Ottoman-Arab vision of social order, and on a level that contains the photograph's displaced history that makes the manifest level legible. The portrait enacts a local (class, national, gendered, and individualized) subject, necessary for "social reform".