Ethnographic Imagery and the Tribes of India, 1850-1900

2 December 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Visualising difference: ethnographic imagery and the tribes of India, 1850-1900

Speaker: Cam Sharp-Jones (University of Kent)
Respondent: Shinjini Das (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)



During the second half of the nineteenth century visual imagery came to play an increasingly important role in ethnographic research into human history and identity. Photographs, illustrations and three-dimensional models were all used as mediums through which ethnographic research was visualised for both a scientific and public audience.

Drawing on key examples of all three of these forms of visual culture, this paper will address the use of ‘ethnographic imagery’ in specific regard to the study of the tribal populations of India. Using these visual works as reference points, this paper will explore the dual nodes of scientific and public ethnographic imagery and question if and how such images disseminated ethnographical constructs of difference across Victorian society.




Open to all. No registration required

Part of the Global Science Research Group seminar series