CONTEMPHOTO '15 / II. International Contemporary Photography Conference on Identity, Self, and Photo (CONTEMPHOTO '15)

Venue: NHKM (Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2015 / 9:00 am - (GMT +2:00 hours) End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2015 / 5:00 pm - (GMT +2:00 hours)
Registration Date: May 01, 2015 Time: 00:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 06, 2015 Time: 00:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Paper Submission Date: May 08, 2015 Time: 00:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
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CONTEMPHOTO '15 / II. International Contemporary Photography Conference

  CONTEMPHOTO '15 / II. International Contemporary Photography Conference will be held in İstanbul on JUNE 9-10, 2015 and organized by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and hosted by as a part of the Istanbul Art Studies Days Spring 2015.


Istanbul Art Studies Days (IASD Spring '15) will also include  (June 8-9) and  (June 10-11). Several keynote lectures, artist's talks and additional events will be organized during Istanbul Art Studies Days and a registration ticket for only one of the conferences will offer free entry to all of the sessions of the three conferences. Each conference focusing on different topics, Identity issues has been decided as the common theme of the IASD Spring '15.

 CONTEMPHOTO ’15 Conference aims at achieving a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective on identity, urban issues and photography. Multiple roles of photography are going to be explored in relation to human behaviour, culture, daily life and self expression of the individual as a document, survey, archive, journalism, advertisement, joy and hobby. 

The relationship between visual history and individual throughout the last two centuries will constitute a basis for the discussion during the event. Exploring the role of how photography shapes issues of identity, place and citizenship within the city; how it documents urban otherness (that of homelessness, or of tourism); how it archives urban memory; and how it documents the celebrated and tragic variety of daily life (such as Selfie) and how it contains historical facts are the main objectives of the interdisciplinary conference of CONTEMPHOTO '15.

The full papers are going to be available online in DAKAM's digital library and to be published in the proceedings book with an ISBN number before the conference. The book will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the "Thomson and Reuters Web of Science's Conference Proceedings Citation Index" (CPCI) and Google Scholars.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 6, 2015 Deadline for registration: April 10, 2015 Deadline for late registration: May 1, 2015

Deadline for full papers submission: May 8, 2015 



Photography And Identity

Photography And City





The conference will be held at Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center (NHKM - one of the most popular cultural centers in Istanbul.

Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center hosts several art and academic events in different disciplines every month. NHKM, named after one of the legendary modern Turkish poets - Nâzım Hikmet, has been established in 1996 and located in Kadıköy.  Kadıköy is a large and cosmopolitan district of Istanbul, facing the historic city centre on the other side of the Bosporus. With its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, Kadıköy can be regarded as the cultural centre of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.


The scientific committee consists of significant scholars, Orhan Cem ÇETİN- Bahçeşehir University, Murat GERMEN- Sabancı University, Işık Sezer- Izmir Dokuz Eylul University, A. Beyhan Özdemir- Izmir Dokuz Eylul University, Fulya Ertem Başkaya - Izmir University of Economics, Fırat ARAPOĞLU- Kemerburgaz University, Gary Roderick McLEOD- Izmir University of Economics



You can submit your abstract by entering the online registration system  EASYCHAIR at  You will receive a reply to your proposal within three weeks following a double-blind review process.



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Conference Speakers

Mark Klett (born 1952) is an American photographer.   Klett was born in Albany, New York. After graduating from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Geology in 1974, he worked as a photographer with the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1977, he completed an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York studying with Nathan Lyons. Klett's photographic work focuses on explorations of man’s interaction with the American landscape, and more recently on issues of photography in time including rephotography. He is a Regents Professor and teaches photography at Arizona State University, and lives with his wife and two daughters in Tempe, Arizona.