University of Calgary

Annie Rudd

  • Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm or by appointment.

Research Interests

My areas of research interest include critical media studies; the history and theory of photography, particularly the histories of vernacular photographies, photojournalism, and documentary photography; the history of journalism; North American and British cultural and intellectual history from 1800 to the present; the history of philosophy and cultural theory.

I invite graduate students interested in working in any of these realms to get in touch.

Selected Conference Presentations

2017: "Between Private and Public: Real-Photo Postcards and Female Users." Canadian Communication Association Annual Meeting. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

2017: "Photographic Objects: Posing and the Construction of Identity in the Victorian Portrait Studio." International Communication Association Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, USA. Poster presentation.

2017: "The Candid Camera, Political Authority, and the Humanizing Gaze of Photojournalism." Observing the Everyday: Journalistic Practices and Knowledge Production in the Modern Era." German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, USA.

2016: "Candid-Camera Photojournalism and the Politics of Humanization," National Communication Association Preconference Seminar on Photography and Civic Spectatorship, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

2016: "Erich Salomon, the Candid Camera, and the Consolidation of Photojournalism, 1928-1933." International Communication Association Annual Meeting. Fukuoka, Japan.

2016: "Transnational Magazine Work in the Interwar Period." Crossing Borders: Researching Transnational Media History (International Communication Association Preconference). Fukuoka, Japan. 

2016: "Posing a Problem: Studio Portraiture, the Objects of Photography, and the Pursuit of Genuine Likeness, 1839-1900." Symposium on American Visual and Material Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century. Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY.

2016: "Making Politics Intimate: The Candid Camera and the Framing of Power." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

2015: "Creating the Kodaker: Hand Cameras, Snapshots, and the Creation of Amateur Photography, 1880-1914." International Communication Association Annual Meeting. San Juan, PR.

2015: "Victorians Living in Public: Photography as Social Media in the 1860s." Theorizing the Web. New York, NY.

2013: "The 'Unobserved Observer': Humphrey Spender’s Hidden Camera and the Politics of Visibility in Interwar Britain." International Communication Association Annual Meeting. London, U.K. Top Student Paper Award, Communication History Division.

2012: "Humphrey Spender's Worktown Photographs and the Visual Culture of Mass Observation." Mass Observation Anniversaries Conference. Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.


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