Photography and Lived Experience

June 14th 2019

Date: Friday, 14th June 2019

Symposium Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Exhibition Opening Night Time: 5:00PM – 7:30PM

Location: University of Huddersfield, UK

Organised by: Postgraduate Students in Photography Research at School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield.

This Postgraduate Research symposium seeks to examine the ways in which ‘lived experience’ is translated through practice led research in photography based disciplines. The call for papers is open to PhD and MA by Research students.

We invite abstracts that promote debate and discussion about methodologies of photographic research and how they are linked to notions of lived experience (historically, theoretically and through practice). What are the challenges and opportunities created by photographic research methods? How do research practitioners engage with these challenges and opportunities to explore lived experience and its manifestations in photography?

The purpose of this symposium will be to foster relationships between a wider community of practitioners working with photography in a research context.

Important dates:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:

On or before 01May 2019

Researchers should submit a short abstract (250 words maximum) which includes:


Title of paper

A short description of the topic(s) to be addressed, approach taken, and 3 sample images that you have created as part of your MA/PhD research.

Contact details

Abstracts, along with contact information, should be submitted via email:

Acceptance of Submissions:

All abstracts will be peer reviewed by an academic committee. You will be notified of the outcome and if you have been successful two weeks after the end of the deadline date.

Oral Presentations:

You will be invited to present your research during the symposium. Each contributor should make every effort to attend and present his/her paper. Each presentation should be 15 minutes (time will be allowed for questions afterwards) with a maximum of 20 slides. Presentation format should be PowerPoint. If additional formats or software are required, please indicate this in your abstract.