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Women and Early Photography Symposium1 June 2022

Wednesday 1 June 2022, 3:45 pm until 7:30pm (London/UK time)



3:45-4pm Settling-in and opening remarks, with all participants together



4pm Beginning of the Two parallel sessions



4pm to 5.10pm Panel One

Dr Heidi Brevik-Zender (Chair of Room 1)


Anne Maxwell

University of Melbourne, Australia

‘Elizabeth Pulman (1836-1900) New Zealand’


Anna Dempsey

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

‘Women Photographers and Explorers: The Colonizing of the American Landscape and its Indigenous Peoples at the turn of the Twentieth Century’


Karen Hellman and Antares Wells

J. Paul Getty Museum, USA

‘Ongoing Research into Early Women Photographers in the Getty Museum’s Collection’


Kate Fogle

Library of Congress, USA

‘Picturing Partnership: Re-envisioning Occupational Relationships in the Realm of Early Women’s Commercial Photography’


Nicole Hudgins

University of Baltimore, USA

‘If They Were There, Why Aren’t They There? Reflections on the Remarkable Women of Photography’s Origins and Their Invisibility in the Primary and Scholarly Sources’


Sigrid Lien and Mette Sandbye

University of Bergen, Norway and University of Copenhagen, Denmark

‘Striving for Independence: Women Pioneers in Nordic Studio Culture’ 


4pm to 5.10pm Panel Two

Dr Áine Larkin (Chair of Room 2)


Anne O’Hehir

National Gallery of Australia, Australia

‘Who and What We Saw: Two Photocollaged Victorian Albums in the Collection of the National Gallery of Australia’


Ashleigh Black

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

‘A World in Blue: Anna Atkin’s Cyanotypes’


Maria João Brito

NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

‘Capturing the Universe, Under a Victorian Canopy of Stars - Pioneering Women in American and British Astrophotography: Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) and Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn (1834-1926)’


Rachel Hutcheson

Columbia University, USA

‘Leaving the Shadow Behind: Autochrome Portraits and Diascope Viewing’


Caroline M. Riley

University of California, Davis, and Library of Congress, USA

‘The Relationship Between Thérèse Bonney’s Self-Fashioning and Her Photographic Collection’


Isabelle Lynch

University of Pennsylvania, USA

‘Still Performing: Adah Isaacs Menken Posing Between Stage Performance and Theatrical Photography’

5:10-5:15pm Break

5:15-6:25pm Panel Three

Dr Heidi Brevik-Zender (Chair of Room 1)


Erika Lederman

De Montfort University, England

‘The Negative is the Narrative’


Alix Choinet

Cornell University, USA

‘Problematizing the Feminine Gaze: The Ambivalence of Geneviève Disdéri’s Prints’


Rose Teanby

De Montfort University, England

‘Through a Woman’s Eyes: A Photographic Tour of Britain by Catharine Weed Barnes Ward’


Carine Chelhot Lemyre

University of St Andrews, Scotland

‘Behind the Scenes: The Case of Marie Lydie Cabanis Bonfils and Other Women Photographers in the Middle East’


Marianne Fossaluzza

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

‘“With kindest regards to Miss Hornel”: Elizabeth Hornel’s Role in Her Brother’s Photographic Practice’


Emma Raymond

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

‘Envisioning Women’s Places Online: Curation of a Digital Exhibition’


5:15-6:25pm Panel Four

Dr Áine Larkin (Chair of Room 2)


Rachel Bullough Ainscough

Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain

‘Jane Clifford: From Ballooning Companion to Keen Businesswoman’


Marta López Beriso

Ortega-Marañon Foundation and University of San Diego, Spain

‘Alejandrina Alba (1837-1910): From ‘Great Whore’ to Photographer Between Two Husbands’


Alina Hofmann

University of Bonn, Germany

‘Fatima Miris nella Geisha: On Gender Performance and Humour on the Late Victorian Stage’


Kaeun Park 

University of Michigan, USA

‘World in Pictures: Anna Caulfield McKnight’s Lantern Slide Lectures in Early 20th-Century America’


Rachel McBride Lindsey

Saint Louis University, USA

‘The World that Maggie Built: Margaret Bourke-White and the Birth of Modern American Citizenship’


Sophie Lynch

University of Chicago, USA

‘Indefinite Images: Motion Blurs in Ilse Bing’s Interwar Dance Photographs (1931)’


Graeme Roger

wildbird – visual art/theater/film, Scotland

‘Envisioning Women's Places in the Nineteenth Century - video design’



6:25-6:30pm Break



6:30-7:30pm Keynote address from Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Edwards, De Montford University, followed by Q&A and general discussion



7:30pm Closing remarks and the end of symposium

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