Tucker, “Visual and Material Studies,” in Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam, and Lucy Noakes, (eds.)New Directions in Social and Cultural History (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018), pp. 129-42.

Pdf here.

Abstract: “Visual materials excite viewers’ imagination about the past and also raise the question of how these materials will be viewed in the future. In assembling an archive, whether for a research project or for an institution, the question remains: why do we select this image and what message is being sent to those in the future who might study it?”


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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.

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