Here you can find the conference programme. To download the programme (pdf), go to Downloads.

The conference is held online on ZOOM. The programme is governed by Central European Time (CET). It begins on Sunday, 30 November at 19:00 CET with a public lecture led by Maciej Wielgus from Event Horizon Telescope (Harvard University), and his discussion with Vladimír Karas, Director of the Astronomical Institute (CAS). 

A conference facility is available at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences – at the Academy Conference Centre (Husova 4, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic); entry is allowed upon request.

More information about the keynote speakers and their abstracts.



Photo: Science/ Photography and Scientific Discourses

November 30 – December 2, 2020

Prague, Czech Republic



DAY 1 / November 30

19:00 CET Online public lecture 

Maciej Wielgus (Event Horizon Telescope, Harvard University) and Vladimír Karas (Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences): Event Horizon Telescope and Black Hole Images


DAY 2/ December 1

9:30 – 9:45 CET Online registration

9:45 – 10:00 Introduction


10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Lecture I

Kelley Wilder (PHRC, De Montfort University Leicester): Photographs and the Science Notebook


1 / Technologies

chair: Petra Trnková

11.30 Jennifer G. Tucker (Wesleyan University Middletown): Photography at the Nexus of Science and Industry

11.50 Martin Jürgens (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam), Lénia Fernandes (Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam) and Ioannis Vasallos (The National Archives London): “A Crowd of Mercurial Globules“ – On the Microscopic Examination of Daguerreotypes in 1839

12:10 David Stella (Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences/ Charles University in Prague), Pavel Pecháček and Karel Kleisner (Charles University in Prague): Nondestructive, Fast, Ultraviolet: Applications of UV Photography in Ecology, Taxonomy and Evolutionary Biology

Discussion & Break


2 / Explorations

chair: Ana Peraica

13:30 Marthe Tolnes Fjellestad (Perspektivet Museum Tromsø): “The Magnetic Crusade“ and Photography in IPY-1

13:50 Tomáš Dvořák (FAMU in Prague): Photographic Measures

14:10 Michal Šimůnek (FAMU in Prague): Photographs of Photography: On contemporary Meta-pictorial and Meta- referential Practices in Art and Science 

Discussion & Break


15:30 – 16:30 Keynote Lecture II

Magdalena Vuković (Photoinstitut Bonartes) and Andrea Fischer (Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences): A Clear View: The Role of Photography in the Geoscientific Discourse as Initiated by Friedrich Simony


3 / Art and Science

chair: Fedora Parkmann

17:00 Stig Storheil (Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate): No Man‘s Land – A Study of Photographic Documentation of Norwegian Glaciers 1949 – 1979

17:20 Alessandro Ferraro (University of Genoa): Abstractionism between Photographic and Scientific Discourse in Italy: Some Case Studies

17:40 Nadiia Kovalchuk (Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography/ Sorbonne Université): Scientific Imagery Re-coded: the Appropriation of Scientific Photography Aesthetics in the Late Soviet Non-official “creative” Photography, Oleg Maliovany’s Case



DAY 3/ December 2

9:45 – 10:00 CET Introduction


4 / Systems, collections

chair: Hana Buddeus

10:00 Camilla Balbi (IULM University of Milan): When Photography Met Museum: the Hamburger Faksimile-Streit

10:20 Stefanie Klamm (University of Erfurt): Working On and With Photo-Objects in Art- historical, Archaeological and Ethnological Photo Archives

10:40 Maria Medvedeva (Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences): Photography in Russian Archaeology of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Past and Present

Discussion & Break


5 / Anthropology

chair: Kelley Wilder

12:30 Agnese Ghezzi (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut): “A Human Iconography” – Photography and Anthropology in the 19th Century, between Natural and Social Sciences

12:50 Anaïs Mauuarin (Labex Hastec/ Centre Alexandre Koyré): Photographs playing against Type. The Ambiguities of the Human Races Gallery of the Museum of Man (1938)

Discussion & Break


14:30 – 15:30 Keynote Lecture III

Dawn Wilson (University of Hull): Reflecting, Registering, Recording and Representing – from Light Image to Photographic Picture


6 / Speculations

chair: Barbora Kundračíková

16:00 László Beke (Hungarian University of Fine Arts): Post.Photography

16:20Timothy Druckrey (Maryland Institute College of Art): Post-History, Post- Photography and the Perils of the Instant Archive: A little manifesto

16:40 Valérie Jeanne-Perrier (Sorbonne Université): Natural Sciences, Photography and Image Theory



17:15 Closing Speech

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