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Dr Mirjam Brusius

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I am interested in the history of collecting and visual culture across Modern Europe and the Middle East. I hold an MA in Art History (Berlin 2007) and a doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge University 2011). My first monograph and co-edited volume revisited the early history of photography, in particular the scholarly archive and network of the photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. My current book project examines the value of Middle Eastern archaeological objects during the transition period on their way to Europe when the finds seem to have "no status". The project investigates the subsequent processes of canonization and decanonization these objects caused upon their arrival in the leading museums of Paris, London and Berlin in the long 19th century.
I also write articles and essays on photography and heritage debates in the Middle East and collaborate with artists. Recently, I co-edited a special issue on photography, antiquity and scholarship for the journal 'History of Photography', and a volume on ‘Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt’ (Routledge 2017).


In 2017/18 I co-organized several events on heritage and imperial legacies, including a roundtable on ‘Decolonizing Heritage and Public Spaces’ with TORCH's 'Race and Resistance programme’.

I previously worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the History Faculty (A.W. Mellon Fellowship), at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute.