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Mirjam Brusius receives Aby Warburg Prize

Mirjam Brusius, a postdoctoral fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the History Faculty, has been awarded the prestigious Aby Warburg Prize, which is awarded every four years to early career researchers. The prize - awarded by the City of Hamburg, Germany - is named after the Hamburg-born art historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929), one of the most influential thinkers in art history and cultural studies in the 20th century.

Dr Brusius received the award for her research, which uses the interdisciplinary ‘Warburgian’ approach to study the work of photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, whose personal archive is held in the Bodleian Libraries. Warburg used large collections of photographs to compare different images to one another and draw broader conclusions about the visual, art history and antiquity. Dr Brusius’ research examines how Talbot used a similar approach decades earlier, and how he used photographs to classify objects and make sense of them in the context of scholarship and museums. She has published a monograph, a co-edited volume and several articles on this topic and continues to study questions of cultural transmission and the cultural significance of antiquity in European museums.

The Aby Warburg Prize is given to both eminent established scholars and junior researchers in the scholarly field of arts, culture and the humanities. Dr Brusius won the junior award, which includes a cash prize of 10,000 Euros, and she will receive the award at a ceremony in Hamburg in November 2016.

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