May 28, 2019 - May 29, 2019

Forging glances.

Images and visual cultures in XIXth century latin america

In an unprecedented essay on the pose and societies of scopic filiation, Sylvia Molloy reflects on the power of the exhibition and the underlying visual culture in 19th century Latin America. “Todo apela a la vista y todo se especulariza”, Molloy will say and she will return to a semiotics of the image of an irreversible nature, at least concerning the representation of the real and the construction of a view of the nation, and of the subjectivities, corporalities and sensitivities that articulate in its framed, singularly tied to the emerging Latin American republics of the 19th century. This colloquium proposes to reflect that transition moment during which the old literate city (Rama, 1984) seems to deal with visual culture in order to create new contents. Forging glances will be the key to this moment, as demonstrated not only by the photography of subjects and cities, but also by the universal exhibitions that, serving the nascent republics of the continent, served as showcases for national progress and stimulated the urgent foreign investment in countries as Chile (1875), Argentina (1882) and Venezuela (1883), among others. In this eagerness, literary panoramas, costumbrian watercolors, galleries of illustrious men, the albums of young ladies, panoramas, slide shows and photographs stood out and behaved as new visibility devices. It is a question of reviewing how the letter and the image coexisted in order to make visible the cultural contents of their time. How they negotiated their permanence in the cultural field of that time, how these new visibility devices interrogated female identity, how far they permeated the literary and editorial content of their time, how the nation was illustrated through new forms of writing such as chronicles and fashion magazines, serial prints and advertisement, newspapers and illustrated magazines, among others. Finally, how that new grammar of the glance was configured without which contemporary audiovisual contents would be unthinkable. 




Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.


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