Bodies of Evidence: Death, Display, and the Legacies of the Late-Victorian Archive

Visual representations of bodies marked by violence played an increasingly prominent role in the public discourse and archival logics of the late-Victorian period. This talk considers the ethical and epistemic codes that governed the creation, dissemination, and discussion of these grim visual documents, and explores some of the imagery’s legacies in shaping historical memory, public mourning, and curatorial care.

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, Hilary 2024

Fridays, 12pm-1.30pm

In person at the Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre.

Convened by Chihab El Khachab and Chris Morton