William Henry Fox Talbot is usually remembered as a photographic inventor and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but like many of his contemporaries Talbot’s interests covered a wide range of intellectual endeavours. This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will bring together historians of science, art historians, and practitioners of the many scholarly fields to which Talbot contributed. Featuring new research based on Talbot's manuscript collection, recently made available at the British Library, the workshop will present the opportunity to explore Talbot's participation in the wider networks and institutions of Victorian science and scholarship, and to rethink the relation between photography and these other fields. The workshop is being organised by Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge from Thursday, 24 June to Saturday, 26 June 2010. Convenors: Mirjam Brusius (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge and the British Library), Chitra Ramalingam (Mellon/ACLS Fellow, CRASSH, University of Cambridge), Katrina Dean (Curator for the History of Science, British Library). Further details of the programme will be available in due course, in the meantime for administrative enquiries please contact: mm405@cam.ac.uk.
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