Job: Research Professor in Photographic History and Director of Photographic History Research Centre
Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities
School/department: School of Humanities
Research group(s): Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC)
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.
T: +44 (0)116 257 7670
A visual and historical anthropologist, Professor Edwards has worked extensively on the relationships between photography, anthropology and history, on the social practices of photography, on the materiality of photographs and on photography and historical imagination. She has previously held posts as Curator of Photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum and lecturer in visual anthropology at the University of Oxford, and at the University of the Arts London. In addition to major monographs, she has published over 80 essays in journals and exhibition catalogues over the years, is on the board of major journals in the field including Visual Studies and History of Photography. She serves on numerous academic committees and peer-review colleges, was Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2009-12 and in spring 2012 held a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham. With colleagues in the Netherlands and Norway, she undertook a major HERA/European-funded project on the role of the photographic legacy of the colonial past in contemporary Europe. She is currently working on late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographic societies and networks of photographic knowledge, on the market in ‘ethnographic’ photographs across scientific and popular domains in the nineteenth century, and the relationship between photography and historical method.
Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC)|
Click here for a list of further publications and outputs by Elizabeth Edwards|.
2012 The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination 1885-1918. Durham NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-5104-7
2012 PhotoCLEC. 'Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture' (http://photoclec.dmu.ac.uk|) web resource
2009 Photography, Anthropology and History (ed, with C. Morton, ) (Aldershot: Ashgate) ISBN 978-0-7546-9800-5
2009 Photography and the Material Performance of the Past. History and Theory 48(4): 130-50. ISSN 0018-2656
2008 Entangled Documents: Visualised Histories. In Susan Meiselas In History New York:Steidl ICP
Photographic history, visual anthropology, material culture studies and museum studies.
2012-15 Collaborative Doctoral Award with the British Museum: Alfred Maudslay, Photography and the Mimetic Technologies of Archaeology: A Study in Method, Process and Effect.
2010-12 HERA (European Joint Humanities Research/ EU Framework Programme 7) ‘Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture’ Project Leader. (€463,250 over 18 months).
2010 Marc Fitch Fund. Publication Grant for The Camera as Historian. £1000.
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