Troublesome Pictures – Invitation to LFF Summer Seminar 2016

SK-A-2931LFF Summer Seminar 2016

Troublesome Pictures
Representing the Colonial Past

2nd June, 2016

Gentofte Hovedbibliotek,
Øregårdssalen, Ahlmans Alle 6, Gentofte

Images depicting former colonies have shaped and continue to inform interpretations of the past. Libraries, museums, archives all collect images, but also communicate them in various ways, taking part in the constant construction of colonial visual history.

At the seminar we discuss the creation, circulation, registration and interpretation of images. The keynote concerns Rijksmuseum’s current project on changing offensive metadata as part of the museum’s dealings with colonial past. Three talks investigate the representation of the colonies in exhibitions by The National Museum, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark and The Royal Library from various perspectives. A series of research papers present critiques of historical and contemporary photography, film and TV-serials.

Get updated. Be inspired. Share your own ideas and projects on the colonial past with colleagues. Take part in the discussion.

The seminar language is English.


10.00 – 10.30     Registration, coffee, and bread

10.30 – 12.15
Colonial History in the Rijksmuseum        
Maria Holtrop, Junior Curator, History Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 

How Images Speak: National Museum Artefact DVI6030, and Its Affects
Dr Temi Odumosu, Living Archives Research Project, Malmö University

Human Cargo. The Representation of Slave Trade at the Maritime Museum of Denmark
Ulla Tofte, Director, CEO, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, Elsinore

Discussion (45 min)

12.15 – 13.00     Lunch

13.00 – 14.00
Family Photographs from Dutch East Indies: Visual Repatriation and Nostalgia
Randi Marselis, Associate Professor in Cultural Encounters, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University

Refiguring Greenland: A New Ethno-Aesthetics in Contemporary Photo-Based Art
Mette Sandbye, Professor of Photography Studies and Head of Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen

Portraits and Postcards from a Changing Island: Emilie Langkjaer a Female Photographer on St. Croix
Anne Walbom, President of the Danish West Indian Society

Discussion (15 min)

14.00 – 14.30     Coffee

14.30 – 15.30
The Colonial Sublime: The Nature in/of History in Daniel Dencik’s The Gold Coast (2015)
Mathias Danbolt, Assistant professor, University of Copenhagen (15 min)

Postcards from Paradise? Towards an Exhibition on the Colonial Past
Sarah Giersing, Research Librarian, The Royal Library, Copenhagen

Troublesome Assumptions: ‘Christmas Calendars’, Colonial Stereotypes and the Eye and Mind of the Beholder
Lars-M. Sørensen, PhD, Head of Research Unit, Danish Film Institute

Discussion (15 min)


Fee: (incl. lunch, cake, beverages)

Members: 475,- D. kr not member: 675,- D. kr Studentes: 300,- D kr. 

Binding registration  May. 30 to the treasurer of LFF Niels Løgager Nielsen:

Remember name and EAN number (if you got one). Cancellation only within 3 days before seminar date.

Questions about the seminar: Please contact Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer (LFF board and the Royal Library):



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Painting:  Jonge Vrouw, Simon Maris, apx 1906, Rijkmuseum.


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