A Picture of Health: Visualizing Care in Late Ottoman Istanbul

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 5:30pm

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Professor Gürsel examines formal portraits of late 19th century female patients of the Haseki Women's Hospital from Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit's palace archive to ask how this album requires us to rethink agency in photography as well as the traditional differences between medical and political imaging technologies. In this thoughtful dive into an unusual archive, Gürsel makes us confront how care is visualized and to what political end. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the department of International Studies at Macalester College. She is the author of Image Brokers: Visualizing World News in the Age of Digital Circulation (University of California Press, 2016), an ethnography of the international photojournalism industry. She is also the director of Coffee Futures, a short ethnographic film about anticipated futures at the personal and national levels. This talk draws from a project investigating photography as a tool of governmentality in the late Ottoman Empire. Parking is available at the Medical Center Parking Garage I (PGI) off Trent Ave or Flowers Drive. If you have an after hours pass, parking is available after 5pm in the Trent lot or the lot across the street.