Childhood Publics & the Child’s Gaze, Seminar 2: Children Returning the Gaze

Childhood Publics and the Child’s Gaze is a three-part seminar series dedicated to thinking about the various aspects of children’s photography. In each of the three seminars, different speakers address the archival, aesthetic, ethical, legal, and technical challenges and opportunities that children’s photography creates in research and practice. 

The second seminar recording, ‘children returning the gaze’, features Wendy Luttrell, Professor of Urban Education and Sociology at the Graduate Centre, The City University of New York, Melissa Nolas, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Anne Chahine, Research Associate, Research Institute for Sustainability, Potsdam. Having as a starting point the question of what happens when we put cameras in the hands of children, the three speakers engage with the ways in which the child’s gaze disrupts public images of children and childhood. They also discuss the ways in which the child’s gaze might help us think afresh about childhood and photography. The second seminar was chaired by Brenda Herbert.

To connect with the Children’s Photography Archive on social media, the CPA is on Instagram and Twitter @ChildPhotoArch

You can also listen to the seminar recording on SoundCloud.

The speakers referred to several works during the session, including:

Wendy Lutrell

Melissa Nolas

* W. E. B. Du Bois’ and the Idea of Double Consciousness; ‘Been’, ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ children, by Karl Hanson; Embracing the past:  Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s 2019 Annual Lecture on Decolonizing Methodologies hosted by the Sociological Review were also works mentioned in the panel discussion.

The seminar series is organized by Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Brenda Herbert, Zoe Walshe (all Goldsmiths, University of London) and Elina Moraitopoulou (Hamburg University/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and the Children’s Photography Archive. The events are part of the Sociological Review Seminar Series and have been funded by the Sociological Review Foundation.

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