Disaster, Human Suffering and Colonial Photography

Project: Research

Project Description

This project aims to investigate how photography shaped modern understandings of disaster while European overseas empires were at their most expansive. It will use rich yet largely neglected sources from colonial Indonesia (c.1840-1950) to produce the first sustained study of how images of human suffering in different disaster contexts have evolved since the invention of photography. In generating new understandings of how and why European expansion was crucial for shaping moderns ideas about disasters, and how photography has developed to communicate human suffering, this project will benefit community and scholarly awareness of environmental disaster, war, and their impacts.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/19