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Biography

I hold a BA in Art History from the École du Louvre, Paris (2015), an MLitt equivalent in Museum Studies (2016), and an MPhil equivalent in Art Historical Research from the same institution (2017). This second year of master's I spent as an Erasmus exchange student in St Andrews, within the History of photography MLitt programme. I have worked as a research intern in the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections (CNRS) in 2015, and as a volunteer research affiliate within the W. H. Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project (Bodleian Libraries) in 2018.

Research overview

My PhD dissertation explores the place of photography within the French colonial endeavour in continental Southeast Asia in the nineteenth century. Acknowledging the performative nature of photographic representation and the importance of historical and sociopolitical contexts, my thesis examines how photographs of Southeast Asian topography, peoples, and customs assisted concrete colonial efforts, whether military, religious, commercial, or scientific. I address the processes by which ideologies of power and otherness often infused these photographs, granting them ideological agency. I also consider the extent to which the medium contributed to the promotion of French rule in the region and allowed for a visual appropriation of local heritage and cultures that facilitated more palpable forms of control.

 

Projects from former institutions

After graduating in Art History from the École du Louvre (Paris) in 2015, I joined the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections in Paris (CNRS) as an intern to carry out a research project on the critical reception of the first colour photography process, invented by Edmond Becquerel in 1848. In 2016, for my first year of Master's at the École du Louvre, I wrote a dissertation about the photographs of Beijing made by French medical doctor Georges Morache in the mid-1860s. In 2016-17, as an Erasmus exchange student, I attended the history of photography MLitt programme at the university of St Andrews and wrote a Master's dissertation on the dynamics of sociability and imperialism in a victorian album from the university's photographic collection (Maitland Dougall collection).

Research interests

History of photography; photography theory; photography in nineteenth-century Vietnam; photography in nineteenth-century Cambodia; French colonial history; visual anthropology; visual culture; orientalism; calotype photography; early colour photography processes

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Art Historical Research, Ecole du Louvre

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2017

Master of Letters, Museum Studies, Ecole du Louvre

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, Ecole du Louvre

1 Sept 201231 Aug 2015

Bachelor of Laws, Panthéon-Assas University Paris II

1 Sept 200831 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • DC France
  • DS Asia
  • TR Photography
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NX Arts in general

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