Week in Review – 28 January

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Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1843)

Firstly, I’ve been completely enchanted by the images from Anna Atkins’ Cyanotypes of British Algae, reproduced by the brilliant Public Domain Review. Atkins is considered to have been the first female photographer, and was also a prominent botanist and illustrator. See a wider selection of images from the book here.

I was excited to delve into OAPEN-UK‘s final report on open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences, available here.

The following seminars, CFPs and events caught my eye:

  • Dr Johnson’s House‘s upcoming events series, including a talk on the relationship between black slaves and lapdogs in eighteenth-century Britain by Stephanie Howard-Smith.
  • Allison Ksiazkiewicz’s forthcoming research lunch on ‘Primitive forms and prospects: geological landscapes in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain‘ at the Paul Mellon Centre.
  • The CFP for the All the Beauty of the World. The Western Market for non-European Artefacts (18th-20th century) conference.
  • The CFP for this Panel on Miscellany in British Consumer Culture.
  • The forthcoming Art History for Artists conference.
  • The programme for Animating the Georgian London Town House.

I greatly enjoyed reading Douglas Fordham’s chapter, ‘Satirical Peace Prints and the Cartographic Unconscious’, in Exhibiting the Empire: Cultures of Display and the British Empire, edited by John McAleer and John MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 2015): 64-89. The chapter is open-access on Fordham’s academia.edu page.

I found David Thackeray’s list of film culture sources for historians of empire to be a vital source for asking: what can visual sources tell us about imperial history?

And finally, I’m dying to go to the Millennium Gallery’s exhibition In the Making: Ruskin, Creativity and Craftsmanship, which explores Ruskin’s ideas on making through a broad range of historical and contemporary art and craft, and includes work by Grayson Perry.


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