From May 15-June 27, 2015, I had a visiting research fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at The Australian National University, Canberra. It was such an honor to meet Will Christie, Desmond Manderson, Alastair Maclachlan and especially Martyn Jolly, a scholar of phenomenal research on photography and magic lantern and is also a warm and hilarious person. During my time as a research fellow in the HRC, I advanced work on my next book project, Science Against Industry:Photographic Technologies and the Visual Politics of Pollution Reform.” I conducted research on archival and primary sources at the National Library of Australia and, in particular, consulted the papers and visual sources of late nineteenth-century Australian scientists working in the new field of chemical climatology, as well as early photographs that document nineteenth-century scientific and environmental interest in rivers. My family came as well and we so much enjoyed our time in Australia, cycling, meeting people, touring Canberra’s great libraries and museums, eating laksah and Tim-Tams.
Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.