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PIIRS Director’s Book Forum features "The Itinerant Languages of Photography" on Sept. 25

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies opens its 2013–14 Director’s Book Forum series with a presentation by Eduardo Cadava, professor of English, and Gabriela Nouzeilles, professor and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, on their book, The Itinerant Languages of Photography (2013), on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at noon in 106 McCormick.  The event is free and open to the public.

 **Media who would like to attend should RSVP by September 24 to Carole Frantzen at or 609-258-7497**

 About the book

Taking its point of departure from Latin American and Spanish-Catalonian photographic archives, The Itinerant Languages of Photography offers an alternative history of photography by focusing on the transnational dimension of technological traffic and image production at a time when photography is at the center of current debates on the role of representation, authorship, and reception in a global contemporary culture. Featuring images that converse across temporal, political, and cultural boundaries by artists such as Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marcelo Brodsky, Joan Colom, Marc Ferrez, Joan Fontcuberta, Graciela Iturbide, Susan Meiselas, and Rosângela Rennó, Cadava and Nouzeilles argue that the photographic image comes into being only as a consequence of reproduction, displacement, and itinerancy.

 Exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum
Coincident to the Director’s Book Forum, on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from September 7, 2013, through January 19, 2014, is an exhibit co-curated by Cadava and Nouzeilles. The Itinerant Languages of Photography traces historical modes of photographic itinerancy from its origins in the 19th century as a shifting archival record to its conceptualist manifestations in the present–featuring works by the artists noted above.

 About the authors

Cadava, who teaches in the Department of English at Princeton, is also a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.  A prolific author, he has written extensively on topics ranging from literature, philosophy, photography, architecture, music, democracy, war, memory and forgetting, race and slavery, human rights and citizenship, and the ethics of decision-making.  His books include, as author, Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (1998), Emerson and the Climates of History (1997), and Fazal Sheikh: Portraits (2011); and, as coeditor, Who Comes after the Subject? (1991), Cities without Citizens (2004), and a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly entitled “And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights” (2004). He is currently completing a translation of Nadar’s memoirs, Quand j’étais photographe for MIT Press and a collection of essays on the ethics and politics of mourning entitled Of Mourning and Politics.  Another book, Paper Graveyards: Essays on Art and Photography, is forthcoming in 2014.

 Nouzeilles’s area of interest is modern and contemporary Latin America. Her publications address a wide range of topics, including scientific and literary fictions of pathology, hysteria and iconography, modern travel cultures, photography, and documentary film and memory. Her book, Ficciones somáticas (2000), studies the interplay of medical, literary, and visual narratives of disease in postcolonial Argentina.  She is the editor of La naturaleza en disputa: Retóricas del cuerpo y el paisaje (2002) and The Argentina Reader (2003). Her forthcoming book, Of Other Places: Patagonia and the Production of Nature, examines the modern production of alternative spaces and traces the textual and visual inventions of “Patagonia” as a heterotopic geography. She is currently working on a new book entitled, Writing Photographs, on literature and photography in modern Latin America.

 >>Read more on the Princeton University Art Museum exhibit


The aim of the PIIRS Director’s Book Forum series is to provide opportunities for Princeton faculty working in international and regional studies to present their most recently published work to the Princeton community. The series will continue throughout year.

Lunch will be provided at forum events; registration required. Contact the Carole Frantzen, or 609-258-7497.


Stephen Kotkin, John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs, is acting director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.


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