I am seeking to put together a panel for NACBS in Baltimore in November, 2010.
The panel will focus on British visual culture, examining how the use of visual materials can help us rethink core questions in the history of Britain. While the "visual turn" has permeated French and American history in a serious way, British historians have been less willing to embrace visual materials as objects of historical inquiry. Panelists can address a broad range of issues, as long as papers make a contribution to the study of British visual culture. Possible topics for discussion include: gender and sexuality, consumption, race, empire, class, fine art and popular culture. Preferably, the panel will bring together people from a variety of disciplines, though interdisciplinarity is in no way requisite.
My contribution to the panel will analyze the representation of the British aristocracy in the tabloid press before the Second World War. I explore how the cult of the aristocracy in the early tabloid press complicates the narrative of "decline" that has long typified the study of the aristocracy in the early twentieth century.
Anyone interested should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of History
University of Southern California
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