Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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The appearance of this Mosaic issue follows, by a year, the international interdisciplinary conference on The Photograph that was held at The University of Manitoba 11-13 March 2004. Coming out of that extraordinary event, Mosaic published a special issue on The Photograph in December, 2004: a large issue, over three hundred pages and in color, of which we are very proud. The present issue also centers on the Photograph, on some of the many questions and possibilities it has opened for Mosaic writers and readers around the world. Again, this is an issue we are proud to bring to you.

Moving on now, after the conference and two issues, I am of course heartened by all the activity prompted by our Call some two years ago for submissions on The Photograph. The topic proved to be interdisciplinarily rich, variegated, and, if this issue is any indicator, unsettling--at least of realist and referential conventions. I am thinking, for example, of the many submissions and presentations on trauma and trauma theory that I have read and/or listened to over the past many months, where what is in question, as Samuel Pane suggests in "Trauma Obscura: Photographic Media in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz," is one's response not only to an atrocity photograph, but also to the inherent incapacity of the signifying, (photo)graphic, medium to literally re-present. …

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