Call for Papers
The Missing Chapter conference

We are inviting proposals for 15 minute papers from museum/gallery professionals, educators, archivists, scholars, independent researchers and artists interested in presenting their critical engagements focused on archives, photography, cultural diversity and public engagement.

Proposals must relate to the conference theme, proposed panels and the context of Victorian, Edwardian and pre-1948 British eras. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 18 August 2016.

Please submit individual abstracts of no longer than 250 words, and also include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable) and a short biography of up to 100 words.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 18 August 2016, and should be emailed to, with the heading: ‘TMC Conference Proposal”

Conference details:

The Missing Chapter: Cultural Identities and The Photographic Archive

Date: 21 October 2016, 10:00 – 5.00pm
Followed by gallery reception, book launch and evening panel.
Venue: The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Speakers: Dr. Caroline Bressey (Keynote); other conference participants to be confirmed.

A one-day conference to mark the culmination of Autograph ABP’s three-year archive research programme, The Missing Chapter, and to highlight Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1861 – 1948 currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

The conference aims to present new scholarly research in nineteenth century and early twentieth century photography in relation to cultural diversity and heritage in Britain, and explore associated critical engagements within and beyond the museum/gallery context.

Panel 1: ‘Living Archives’ and New Research
Panel II: Cultural Diversity, Institutions and Collecting Strategies
Panel III: Critical Engagements and Re-Interpretations

Each panel will be followed by a chaired round-table discussion.

The conference will be followed by a gallery reception, book launch of Black Chronicles and a special evening panel ‘The African Choir 1891: Sound and The Archive’, with South African composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Tibisi in conversation with Tamar Garb.

Organised by Autograph ABP and presented in association with UCL’s Equiano Centre, and the Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Art History.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.