Mirjam Brusius is interested in the history of collecting and visual culture across Modern Europe and the Middle East. She holds an MA in Art History (Berlin 2007) and a doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge University 2011). She previously worked as a Postdoc at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the History Faculty (A.W. Mellon Fellowship), at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute.
Her first monograph and co-edited volume revisited the early history of photography, in particular the scholarly archive and network of the photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. Her current book project examines the value of Middle Eastern archaeological objects during the transition period on their way to Europe when the finds seem to have “no status”. The project investigates the subsequent processes of canonization and decanonization these objects caused upon their arrival in the leading museums of Paris, London and Berlin in the long 19th century. A forthcoming volume, to be published by Routledge, is entitled “Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt” (co-edited with Kavita Singh). She also writes articles on Middle Eastern photography and edits and publishes essays on heritage destruction and preservation in the Middle East. In 2017 she will organize a number of events on Cultural Heritage in collaboration with several Topoi fellows.
For further information see: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/mirjam-brusius