Carina Dauven, M.A.

Universitätsstr. 105
44789 Bochum
Room: UNI 105, 3/26

Phone: +49 (0) 234/32-27291
E-Mail: Carina.Dauven@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

 


Title of the Dissertation

Self/Inscriptions. Epistemic Formants of Early Portrait Photography in Polytechnic Handbooks and Journals (1839–1869) (Working Title)


Project Description

In this doctoral project I examine media strategies of self-inscription in two senses: I essay both a comparative reading of the photography handbooks and journals published between 1839 and 1869 and an analysis of a corpus of self-portraits by the authors of photography handbooks, considering the visual self-documentation of these actors. The self-documentary strategies employed by these photographers/authors entails their text-based inscription into the canon of polytechnic research in the mid-nineteenth century and, at the same time, their visual inscription in the new media of the photographic self-portrait.

              The core of my project consists of German-, English- and French-language polytechnic – and later also photography – handbooks and journals. This instructional literature, published in the first thirty years following the emergence of the photographic technique in 1839 and consulted, received and (re-)published by commercial photographers with the increasing institutionalisation of photography, was written parallel to the development and improvement of the photographic technique. The formats thus not only represented the first time the respective chemical-technological innovations of the daguerreotype, paper and later the albumen and collodion processes were published, disseminated to (aspiring) photographers and thus rendered practically applicable; they were also able to take up contemporary discourses. Hence discussions on the formative and operative conditions of the photographic portraits, the conceptualisation of the early studio dispositive, shifting aesthetic and conceptional fashions, the ‘objectivity’ of the photographic image and the confrontation with the self manifested in the portrait photograph were all inscribed in these publications.


Scholarly Career

  • Since October 2019: researcher (doctoral candidate) in the DFG post-graduate programme “The Documentary. Excess and Withdrawal”, Ruhr University of Bochum
  • 12/2018–09/2019: preparation of doctoral research project under Prof. Dr. Herta Wolf, Department of History and Theory of Photography, Institute of Art History, University of Cologne
  • 07/2018–09/2019: researcher, August Sander Foundation, Cologne
  • 01/2018–09/2019: research assistant to Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer, Research Lab Transformations of Knowledge, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne
  • 10/2017–06/2018: curator and research assistant, Julian Sander Gallery
  • 10/2015–12/2017: research assistant to Prof. Dr. Herta Wolf, Department of History and Theory of Photography, Institute of Art History, University of Cologne
  • 10/2014–03/2018: research-based Master’s program, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne
  • 07/2014–01/2015: undergraduate assistant to Dr. Dorothee Heinzelmann and Prof. Dr. Norbert Nussbaum, LVR Rhineland Monuments Office
  • 04/2014–05/2018: Master’s degree in History of Art with a focus on History and Theory of Photography, University of Cologne
  • 02/2013–12/2013: undergraduate assistant to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Breitling, Department of Architectural Research and History of Architecture, Institute of Monument Studies Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg
  • 04/2011–03/2014: Bachelor’s degree in History of Art, Protection of Cultural Property and European Ethnology, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg